Sunday's decision came as a surprise to many in Yemen, who believed that a power transfer deal he signed in November granted him and his family immunity
from prosecution for the killings of protesters, but would not extend to cover his 33-year rule and anyone who worked in government.
Rejected by youth and civil protesters since its introduction in April, the GCC's initiative extends Saleh's rule by 90 days and grants his family immunity
from a twisted legacy of human rights abuses.
But the deal gives Saleh and his family immunity
from prosecution, and the youth who started it all were excluded from the discussions.
Thousands of anti-regime protesters took to the city's streets in protest at the deal that gives Saleh and his family immunity
Youth activists, who have spearheaded 10 months of protests against Saleh's 33 year rule in which hundreds have died, are furious that the agreement signed with the parliamentary opposition on Wednesday promises Saleh and his family immunity
The plan gives Saleh and his family immunity
against legal actions.