After rejecting four previous deals over minor quibbles — an obvious stalling tactic — Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh has finally signed a Gulf countries-brokered deal transfering power to his Number Two, Gen. Abd-Rabbu Mansour al-Hadi.
Hadi is charged with forming a new government including the opposition, exactly as was done in Egypt several months earlier. Egypt is currently in the throes of continuing revolution against their own uninterrupted military dictatorship.
The accord was signed in Riyadh, in the presence of Saudi King Abdullah. The Saudis have intervened militarily often inside Yemen.
The US prefers Hadi take over, but it’s not clear if Yemenis will see this transfer as sufficient. Saleh is given full immunity from his crimes and has 90 days to turn over power. Hadi has a full two years to wrangle agreement among the parties. The move will likely be seen as a way to keep the Washington-allied dictatorship intact.