SANAA, Yemen — Yemen’s leader came under new pressure Wednesday as influential clerics, tribal leaders and some members of Yemen’s opposition presented a plan for a peaceful transition of power.
President Ali Abdullah Saleh earlier pledged that he would not seek reelection in 2013. But some protesters who have taken to the streets here in recent weeks have demanded that he step down immediately, and the opposition’s proposal Wednesday marked an attempt to find a middle ground.
By late Wednesday, there had been no official response to the plan. But one government official, speaking on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the developments, said that the country’s political leadership and representatives of the opposition had reached “common ground” during a Wednesday meeting and that Saleh had reacted favorably to the proposal.
The precise details of the road map remained unclear, but an earlier version presented by the opposition coalition called for the president to agree by the end of the year to the terms of transition and for a full investigation into the recent deaths of protesters and compensation for their families.