The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Saleh has pulled back from a deal calling for him to step down immediately while his relatives retain control over the country's top counterterrorism units (Reuters says the relatives would step down as part of the deal). The negotiations between Saleh, rival general Ali Mohsen Al-Ahmar, and other political leaders--mediated by the U.S. and British ambassadors--stalled over the weekend when Salah recoiled at the opposition demand that he go into exile after he resigns, the Journal notes, and the bad blood between Saleh and Ahmar--who has agreed to resign if Saleh does--mounted. On Sunday, Saleh vowed to offer no more concessions and reiterated his warning that Yemen was sliding into civil war.
But a resolution to the conflict may still be possible, Reuters adds. The news agency points to the fact that the ruling party's governing committee has recommended establishing a new government to draft a constitution for a parliamentary system.