Yemen president to step down in 2013

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has said he will not seek to extend his
presidency when his current term expires in 2013.

Saleh, who has been in power for three decades, also pledged that he would
not pass on power to his son.

He spoke to parliament ahead of a rally in the capital on Thursday which, echoing
protests in Tunisia and Egypt, has been dubbed a day of rage.

Saleh came to power as president of North Yemen in 1978.

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