The amendments were made after Saleh gave the green light for his General People’s Congress party to accept the changes.
Amendments approved by the ruling party would have Saleh transfer his presidential powers to his deputy, Abdu Rabo Mansour Hadi, after signing the deal but gives the Yemeni dictator 90 days to formally resign, Reuters reported.
The initial version of the deal by the [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Council ([P]GCC) called for Saleh’s resignation in 30 days.
If Saleh leaves Yemen, after ruling the country for almost 33 years, elections will be held and the opposition will be tasked with forming an interim unity government for a two-year transition period with Hadi as the interim president.
The interim government will also draft a new constitution during the transition period.
The new plan also requires reforming the country’s military structure within three months of Saleh signing the deal. Currently, Saleh’s son and nephews hold military and security power.
Saleh, who is currently in Saudi Arabia recovering from a June assassination attempt, has backed out of signing the power transition deal three times at the very last minute.
Since Saleh left the country for Saudi Arabia for medical treatment in early June following an attack on the presidential palace, Yemenis are holding anti-government protests across the country on an almost daily basis to demand his ouster.
Hundreds of people have been killed and many more have been injured since the beginning of the anti-government protests in Yemen.