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US envoy in Yemen to push for power transfer

US envoy in Yemen to push for power transfer

The White House counterterrorism chief is visiting Yemen to push for a swift transfer power after months of protests calling for the president's ouster and a rising al-Qaida threat.
John Brennan is meeting Monday with Vice President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi in a bid to revive a power transfer deal proposed by Yemen's Gulf neighbors. Hadi has headed the government since embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh was seriously wounded in a June 3 attack on his palace compound.
Saleh, who has held power for more than three decades, is in Saudi Arabia for treatment of his wounds.
Brennan met Sunday with Saleh and asked him to "expeditiously" agree to the transition because of the growing instability and al-Qaida threat.
Saleh has balked at signing the deal to step down.