Saleh Says He'll Step Down

    In this image made from video, Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh speaks on Yemen State Television Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011. Embattled Yemeni president says he endorses U.S. backed power-transfer deal however he remained defiant in the face of thousands of Yemenis staging daily mass protests over the past eight months to press him to step down. Dressed in traditional Yemeni clothes, Ali Abdullah Saleh gave his first public speech since his return to the country after nearly four months of medical treatment in Saudi Arabia after an assassination attempt at his palace compound on June 3. (AP Photo/Yemen State TV)

    Yemen State TV / AP Photo

    Once again, Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh announced his intention to step down. "I reject power and I will continue to reject it, and I will be leaving power in the coming days," Saleh said in a speech on state television. Saleh has backed out of signing a Gulf-mediated transition deal three times, and the opposition says Saleh's government is blocking negotiations. Saleh recently returned to Yemen after spending time in Saudi Arabia recovering from an assassination attempt. Protesters have been calling for his ouster for nine months, and he has lost control of large portions of the country.