As Yemen’s political crisis entered its seventh month, the situation further deteriorated Tuesday as Yemen’s ruling party postponed a vote to approve “a modified Gulf-brokered power transition plan which aims to pull…[Yemen]…out of its bloody political deadlock.”
President Ali Abdullah Saleh- who left Yemen three months ago for treatment after a bomb attack- has repeatedly refused to sign the Gulf-brokered transition plan and has vowed to return to Yemen as soon as he is well enough to travel. It is expected that a vote on the plan will be taken up by parliament tomorrow.
Nonetheless, further violence is plausible as it is reported that the Republican Guard under the command of President Saleh’s eldest son Ahmed has deployed missiles and tanks on the hills that surround Sanaa, while troops loyal to dissident General Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar have consolidated and fortified their positions within the city itself. Even as the political deadlock continues, government warplanes bombed militant strongholds in southern Yemen yesterday, killing at least 30 people, including five civilians.