The PJ Tatler

Yemen's turn: President says he won't run again in 2013

And he’s not handing power off to his son either.

Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh will not seek re-election once his current term ends in 2013, he said Wednesday, after more than three decades in office.

He won’t install his son to replace him, he said. He also has asked his political opponents “to re-engage in dialogue in hopes of reaching a sustainable and reconcilable political agreement,” the Yemeni government said.

Saleh made the announcement as unprecedented protests sweep across North Africa and the Middle East.