Yemen To Form Revolutionary Council?

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SANAA, Yemen, Aug. 18 (UPI) — Opposition groups in Yemen announced they formed a 143-member committee that will lead the country’s revolution against the president.

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh vowed to “soon” return to Yemen after spending nearly two months in Saudi Arabia recovering from wounds suffered in a June 3 attack.

Saleh has faced pressure for most of the year step down. In an address early this week, he said he was still the country’s legitimate leader until 2013.

A meeting of opposition leaders in Yemen formed a 143-member council they said would lead the country’s revolution, the Yemen Post reports.

Muhammad Qahtan, a spokesman for the opposition Joint Meeting Parties, said the council would soon elect its own president and executive party.

Yemeni officials in Saleh’s General People’s Congress said any official movement in opposition of the president would lead to civil war.

The Yemeni report adds the six-month political crisis has cost the country significant economic losses, a situation complicated by the presence of al-Qaida and armed militias in the north and south of the country.

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