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The Nobel effect: Continued Yemeni Presidency uncertain. Rumours of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s resignation are flourishing this weekend following Friday’s split Nobel Peace Prize award. In an interview for a state television channel President Saleh revealed he would retire in a few days, ending 33 years in power. Whilst Richard Skretteberg, senior advisor at the Norwegian Refugee Council, believes the award to Yemeni journalist and human rights activist Tawakul Karman “will put Yemen more firmly in the limelight, and this may have been one of the reasons why he chose to step down.” Ms Karman has vowed to keep fighting until Saleh resigns.

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The Nobel effect: Continued Yemeni Presidency uncertain

Published on Sunday, 9th October, 2011 at 22:13 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Lyndsey Smith      .
Last Updated on 12th October 2011 at 09:27.

Rumours of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s resignation are flourishing this weekend following Friday’s split Nobel Peace Prize award.

Yemen Feb 2011
Yemen Feb 2011
Photo: Fadi Benni/Al Jazeera English/Flickr


In an interview for a state television channel President Saleh revealed he would retire in a few days, ending 33 years in power.

Whilst Richard Skretteberg, senior advisor at the Norwegian Refugee Council, believes the award to Yemeni journalist and human rights activist Tawakul Karman “will put Yemen more firmly in the limelight, and this may have been one of the reasons why he chose to step down.” Ms Karman has vowed to keep fighting until Saleh resigns.

At the same time, Mr Skretteberg is uncertain, as is Islam researcher Atle Mesøy.

“He [Saleh] has said this so many times that there must be something more tangible if it is to be significant,” he tells NRK.

CNN reports government spokesperson Abdu Ganadi refuted the President's remarks, saying, "Saleh will not step down unless the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) power transfer proposal is signed."

Nevertheless, the Peace Prize, combined with the unrest in Yemen and Saleh’s possible resignation has lifted hopes Martine Vik Magnussen’s accused rapist and murderer, Farouk Abdulhak, will be extradited to the UK.

Mr Abdulhak, a former Regent’s College co-student, fled back to Yemen on 15 March in 2008, one day before Ms Vik Magnussen’s body was discovered in front of the Central London luxury basement flat where he lived.

With no extradition agreement between the UK and Yemen the British authorities requested that Abdulhak be sent to the UK, but the Yemen government refused.

Earlier this year former Norwegian Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik also met with Farouk Abdulhak’s father, Yemeni billionaire Shaher Abdulhak, to discuss the chances of Farouk returning to the UK to face the charges against him.

Mr Bondevik said there was no breakthrough after the meeting, but now tells NTB that, “It will be interesting to see what impact this will have on the question of his extradition to UK authorities. It maybe that the authorities in Yemen perceive attention on them has become so strong that they extradite him.”




Published on Sunday, 9th October, 2011 at 22:13 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Lyndsey Smith      .
Last updated on 12th October 2011 at 09:27.

This post has the following tags: nobelpeaceprize, presidentaliabdullahsaleh, martinevikmagnussen, faroukabulhak, kjellmagnebondevik.





  
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