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Thirty three years of dictatorship have come to an end today in Yemen. As reported earlier, President Ali Abdullah Saleh will step down from his seat immediately making him the fourth authoritarian ruler to have been ousted in the Arab Spring. Saleh signed an agreement in the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh, transferring power to his vice president Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi and also guaranteeing presidential elections within 90 days. Protesters rejected the deal and repeated calls for his prosecution on human rights violations and other crimes committed during his brutal 33 year rule over the Gulf nation of Yemen.

 

[TIME]