Yemen parliament grants immunity to outgoing president Saleh Matthew Pomy at 10:16 AM ET
[JURIST] The Yemeni parliament on Saturday approved a bill [press release, in Arabic] granting immunity to President Ali Abdullah Saleh [official website, in Arabic; JURIST news archive] in exchange for him stepping down. In the same bill, parliament recommended current Vice President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi become the new president. The bill would protect Saleh against prosecution for politically motivated acts but not terrorism. It also gives partial protection to all of his aides. While this bill seeks to create unity in the government, according to a statement by the head of the House of Representatives to parliament during the session, it has sparked new protests [Reuters report].
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