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Yemen's president signs deal to hand over power

Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down after 33-yrs after protests brought Yemen to brink of civil war

Yemen's president signs deal to hand over power
Celebrations erupted in the capital Sanaa as Saleh inked the agreement that made him the fourth leader to be forced from power in 10 months of mass protests that have swept the Arab world (AFP/Getty Images)
Yemen's president signs deal to hand over power
Crowds welcome the news that Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh signed a deal on Wednesday under which he will step down after 33 years in power and 10 months of protests against his rule (AFP/Getty Images)
Yemen's president signs deal to hand over power
Yemenis danced in the streets, set off fireworks and waved flags as Saleh finally agreed to step down (AFP/Getty Images)
Yemen's president signs deal to hand over power
UAE's foreign minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahayan arrives to attend a Gulf Cooperation Council foreign ministers' extraordinary meeting (AFP/Getty Images)
Yemen's president signs deal to hand over power
(above) Saudi foreign minister Saud Al Faisal. Hadi would form a new government with the opposition and call an early presidential election within three months (AFP/Getty Images)
Yemen's president signs deal to hand over power
Omani foreign minister Yussef Bin Alawi Bin Abdullah attends the meeting (AFP/Getty Images)
Yemen's president signs deal to hand over power
Yemeni opposition leader Mohammed Salem Bassandawa speaks to the press (AFP/Getty Images)
Yemen's president signs deal to hand over power
Yemen's foreign minister Abu Bakr Al Qurbi speaks to reporters before the meeting (AFP/Getty Images)
Yemen's president signs deal to hand over power
UN envoy to Yemen Jamal Benomar gives a press conference in the Yemeni capital Sanaa (AFP/Getty Images)