Domino Effect

Yemen’s President Will Not Seek Reelection

The Arab world continues its sudden transformation: Yemen’s president Ali Abdullah Saleh announced Wednesday that he will not seek reelection in 2013 or hand power over to his son. The news comes just one day after Jordan’s king dismissed his cabinet. “No extension, no inheritance, no resetting the clock,” Saleh told Parliament the day before protesters planned a rally in Sana that they’re calling a “day of rage.” Saleh has ruled Yemen for 32 years and, despite the country being a haven for al Qaeda, has been considered a close American ally in the region.