On January 1, 2011, the Yemeni Parliament gave preliminary approval to adopt a constitutional amendment that would have abolished presidential term limits in the country. The Yemeni constitution [PDF] originally permitted the president to sit for a maximum of two consecutive seven-year terms, but the draft amendment would have shortened the term length to five years and eliminated the two-term cap. The legislation was granted preliminary approval by the a legislature dominated by the ruling General People's Congress (GPC) of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, and was decried as an attempt to make Saleh president for life. However, Saleh was forced to agree to step down from power in exchange from prosecutorial immunity in connection with violence against Yemeni protestors in April 2011.
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