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Prez won't stand for new term

Yemeni leader Ali Abdullah Saleh, facing demands that he quit, said on Wednesday he will freeze constitutional changes that would allow him to be president for life and had put off a controversial April poll.

world Updated: Feb 02, 2011 14:33 IST

Yemeni leader Ali Abdullah Saleh, facing demands that he quit, said on Wednesday he will freeze constitutional changes that would allow him to be president for life and had put off a controversial April poll.

"No to hereditary rule and no to life presidency," Saleh said during an emergency session of parliament and the consultative council ahead of a "day of rage" civil society groups and opposition leaders have called for Thursday.