Yemeni president objects to power transfer deal

SANAA – A Yemeni official says the country's embattled president objects to key issues of a US-backed deal that has him transferring power to the country's opposition in return for immunity from prosecution.

The official says Ali Abdullah Saleh spoke during a meeting with his top party officials in the Saudi capital Riyadh, where he is recuperating from severe burns sustained in a June attack on his compound in Sanaa.

The official says Saleh objects to the mechanism of implementing the deal.

The official attended Thursday's meeting. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to talk to the media.

Yemen's state TV aired a brief footage of the meeting, showing Saleh with medical gloves covering his burnt hands.

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