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Saleh calls for end to ‘Decisive Storm,’ urges Yemen dialogue

Saleh calls for elections but says neither he or his relatives will run for the presidency

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Former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh called on Saturday for an end to the Saudi-led Operation “Decisive Storm” being waged against Houthi militias in Yemen.

In comments addressed to Arab heads of state meeting in Cairo, Saleh called on the coalition to stop “the aggression and return to the negotiating table,” saying the current president, Abdrabbu Mansour Hadi, had failed to run the country, Reuters news agency reported.

"Let’s go to dialogue and elections, and I promise you that neither I nor any of my relatives will run for the presidency," he said.

"Air strikes against Yemen have no justification except Hadi’s failure to manage the state. I hope the brothers will not bet on a losing horse."

(With Reuters)