Mr. Speaker, I rise today to congratulate the people of Yemen, whose peaceful revolution has resulted in a deal that will see President Saleh finally step down after nine months of protests.
The struggle for peace in Yemen is not over. The president's family members ares still in key positions in the government and the military, and Saleh himself has been granted immunity. The regime still stands, yet an important first step has been taken. We call on all parties to respect the agreement.
On Tuesday I met with members of Yemen's opposition who noted that Yemen is entering a new political chapter, and they will need the help of Canada. Canada must now work to promote democracy in Yemen.
New Democrats stand in solidarity with the people of Yemen, and offer them our best wishes as they continue their non-violent struggle for peace and justice.