19 May 2011

Hand-over of power in Yemen

4:47 am on 19 May 2011

Yemen's president and opposition are reported to have agreed to sign a deal for a transition of power.

The agreement, which the opposition said would be signed on Wednesday with slight modifications, will ease President Ali Abdullah Saleh out of power within a month. He has ruled the state for nearly 33 years.

Officials say the new deal has been agreed with amendments after intervention by US and European diplomats.

The BBC reports the General People's Congress party and the Common Front coalition have both agreed to take part in a national unity government.

Opposition officials said Mr Saleh will be out of power within a month.

Mr Saleh previously backed out of signing such a deal at the last minute.

More than 130 people have been killed since anti-government unrest began in January.