Yemen

Govt gives Saleh immunity


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The interim Yemeni government has voted through a bill to give President Ali Abdullah Saleh immunity from ‘legal and judicial prosecution’ for any crimes committed during his 33 rule. The government has also granted the same immunity to members of his administration.

The move still has to be approved by parliament and will clear the way for his final departure from office.

The decision is likely to aggravate hundreds of thousands of protesters who continue to protest daily and who want the president prosecuted, but it has provided the momentum for the political crisis to be broken and allows the government to move forward to the presidential election.

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