Anti-government protesters rally in the southern Yemeni city of Taizz (File Photo)
Source: Press TV
Yemeni protesters have demanded the immediate ouster of embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh, rejecting a plan by Persian Gulf Arab states to allow Saleh to leave office in 30 days.
Protesters who camped out in Yemen's capital of Sana'a and the second largest city of Taizz called for the immediate resignation of the long-time despotic ruler.
The opposition's call for quick ouster of Saleh came a day after Yemen's ruling General People's Congress (GPC) finally accepted a proposal by mediators from Arab states of the Persian Gulf, calling on Saleh to step down.
State TV reported that Yemen's foreign minister informed mediators that the government had accepted the proposal on Saturday.
The (Persian) Gulf Cooperation Council ([P]GCC) has called on Saleh to leave office and hand over power to his vice president within 30 days, in exchange for immunity from prosecution.
On Saturday, there were massive demonstrations and a general strike in Yemen in response to a call by the opposition to increase the pressure on Saleh to step down.
Since late January, hundreds of thousands of people have turned out for regular demonstrations in Yemen's biggest cities, calling for corruption and unemployment to be tackled as well as demanding the president's departure.
Some 40 percent of the Yemeni population lives on USD 2 a day or less, and one third faces food shortages.
The popular protests in Yemen have been harshly met with brutal crackdowns by riot police and supporters of Saleh, who are often armed with knives and batons.
According to local sources, the death toll in the country has surpassed 300.