Yemen's Saleh says to hold presidential election: agency

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Posted: Aug 30, 2011 12:53 PM
Yemen's Saleh says to hold presidential election: agency

SANAA (Reuters) - Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh, still in Saudi Arabia for treatment after an assassination attempt, said on Monday he was committed to holding presidential elections, the state news agency reported.

Saleh, who has clung on to power despite a wave of demonstrations against his 33-year rule, said in a statement posted on the SABA website he was confident Yemen would find ways to exit its crisis.

"We have committed to the previous initiatives including the Gulf initiative and the efforts and statement of the Security Council and go toward the achievement of... as soon as possible to arrange to hold general and free and direct elections for the new president of the republic," Saleh said.

(Reporting by Mohammed Ghobari and Martina Fuchs)