Yemeni President Salah's Family Decides He Should Leave; Report: U.S., U.K., Saudi Arabia Discussing Post-Salah Erahttp://www.thememriblog.org/
Aljazeera.net reports that Yemen President Ali Abdallah Salah has asked Saudi Arabia to mediate between him and the Yemeni opposition, and also hinted that he was willing to step down within six months if the demonstrations stopped.
The Lebanese daily Al-Akhbar reported that in Salah's family it has been decided that he should leave the country with his son and cousin, who are considered to be responsible for the suppression of the demonstrations. It also said that Saudi Arabia has expressed willingness to host the ruler and his relatives, and that senior Yemeni military officials have answered the call of Gen. Ali Mohsen Al-Ahmar, Salah's half-brother, to join him in the opposition, and Salah's family's call to remove the president.
Al-Ahmar's proposal for Salah's resignation was also presented to the opposition representative, Dr. Yassin Said Numan.
The London daily Al-Quds Al-Arabi reported that Salah warned that any attempt at a coup against him would lead to civil war, and called on army officers to preserve state security and not to defect from the army.
Elaph.com reported that the U.S., Britain, and Saudi Arabia had for several months been discussing the future of Yemen after Salah.
Sources: Al-Akhbar, Lebanon; Aljazeera.net, Al-Quds Al-Arabi, London, March 22, 2011; Elaph.com, March 21, 2011