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Yemeni Parliament Endorses Interim Government’s Political Plan

Dec. 28 (Bloomberg) -- The Yemeni parliament endorsed a political program proposed by the country’s interim government that aims to maintain stability after President Ali Abdullah Saleh agreed to give up power.

The measure passed today as Prime Minister Mohammed Salem Basindwah appealed to lawmakers from opposing factions to fight corruption and join forces to assist in the transition, the state-run Saba news agency reported.

The tasks ahead are “enormous and difficult to the extent it is a salvage rather than a unity government,” Basindwah said, speaking to parliament in the Yemeni capital of Sana’a.

Saleh agreed last month to surrender power amid anti-government protests. Neighboring Saudi Arabia and other Gulf cooperation Council states, with backing from the U.S., mediated the agreement that sought to resolve months of unrest.

Tens of thousands of Yemenis rallied in Sana’a Dec. 26 to demand Saleh’s prosecution after the outgoing president said he plans to leave soon for the U.S. as the Arab country prepares for a Feb. 21 election to replace him.

To contact the reporters on this story: Jonathan Ferziger in Tel Aviv at jferziger@bloomberg.net; Mohammed Hatem in Dubai at mhatem1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Louis Meixler at lmeixler@bloomberg.net.

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