The Yemeni opposition movement is rightly suspicious of claims made by president Ali Abdullah Saleh on state television last Saturday.
“I reject power and I will continue to reject it,” Saleh declared. “I will be leaving power in the coming days.”
An information minister later modified Saleh’s statement to add, “Whether or not this happens in the coming days or months will depend on the success of negotiations for a deal.”
The following day saw women-only marches around the country to celebrate the fact that Tawakkol Karman, a Yemeni woman, had won the Nobel Peace Prize.
Up to 15,000 women marched in Yemen’s capital Sana’a. But police attacked the march in Ta’izz, Yemen’s third largest city, injuring some 40 women.