“I have 33 years of experience in power and I know the difficulties, I know the negatives and positives. The one who clings to power is mad.” ~President Ali Abdullah Saleh of Yemen

Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh (Khaled Abdullah/Reuters)

It’s been nine months since violent protests have engulfed Yemen and despite pressure from the U.N. and many world leaders to step down, Saleh still refused to name a day when he would initiate a change in power.

In an interview with France’s Channel 24, Saleh said he would sign a proposal to transfer his power within 90 days to his vice president, but he did not say when he would sign it. He also said that people who cling to power are mad.

It is only the latest in a series of backtracks that Saleh’s opposition sees as continuing stalling tactics.