Tribesmen celebrate in Yemen's second-largest city Taez (Taiz), a flashpoint of anti-regime demonstrations south of the capital Sanaa, on June 5, 2011, as hundreds of people took to the streets to celebrate the departure of long term President Ali Abdullah Saleh, wounded in a blast June 3, and who left for treatment in Saudi Arabia. UPI\Mohammad Abdullah | License Photo
SANAA, Yemen, June 13 (UPI) -- The Yemeni vice president agreed that political transition was welcomed but not at a time of heightened chaos, an opposition leader said Monday.
Yemeni leaders are discussing the country's political future while President Ali Abdullah Saleh recovers in Saudi Arabia for burns and shrapnel wounds suffered during an attack on his presidential compound June 3.
Hasan Zaid, general secretary of the opposition al-Haq party, told the Yemen Post that meetings with Yemeni Vice President Abd al-Rab Mansur al-Hadi were bearing fruit.
The vice president, he said, wanted to find a settlement with the opposition but needed more time.
"The (vice president) said that any transition during these days will only cause more chaos and people are not ready while the streets are full of gunmen," Zaid was quoted as saying.
Other opposition leaders expressed reluctance, however, saying Saleh's sons and nephews are still in control of much of the country's military and security forces. They are "willing to kill thousands" in order to stay in power, the Yemeni newspaper quoted the opposition as saying.
A spokesman for the ruling General People's Congress said his party was playing ball, however.
"Everyone wants to end the crisis in Yemen and the ruling party is being very cooperative," the spokesman was quoted as saying.