Posted: Mar 14, 2012 5:43 PM by Jacqui Heinrich
Updated: Mar 14, 2012 5:59 PM
SANAA, Yemen (AP) - Ousted Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh says 10 of his rivals among the country's top military commanders, politicians and tribal leaders must leave the country with him for the sake of stability.
The new condition appears to be a way for Saleh to remain longer in Yemen. His presence is blamed for much of the country's turmoil.
Though Saleh transferred power to his vice president last month after a yearlong uprising, he has lingered on in Yemen.
In a statement Wednesday, Saleh said "elements of the Yemen crisis" must leave the country, based on a deal he struck last year.
The 10 include Saleh's rivals, including Gen. Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar, who defected to the rebels, Islamists and sons of Sheik Sadeq al-Ahmar, leader of anti-Saleh Hashid tribal confederation.