Yemen’s interim government granted President Ali Abdullah Saleh and the staff that worked with him, amnesty against prosecution. This treaty paved the way for the end of his government and the deadly demonstrations against Saleh.
The Sunday decision came as a surprise to many people in Yemen, since most of them believe that the power transfer deal Saleh signed would only grant him and his family immunity for the deaths of the demonstrators. However the document would also protect his actions during his 33-year rule and the people who worked for him.
The cabinet approved the law despite the entire nation wanted that Saleh pay for his crimes during the demonstrations. The agreement is being supported by Yemen’s Arab neighbors and backed by the United States, the European Union and the United Nations. (AV)