Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh says he will not seek to extend his presidency when his current term expires in 2013, according to reports.
Mr Saleh, who has been in power for three decades, also pledged that he would not pass on power to his son.
He spoke to parliament ahead of a rally in the capital on Thursday which, echoing protests in Tunisia and Egypt, has been dubbed a “day of rage”.
Mr Saleh came to power as president of North Yemen in 1978.
When the country was united with South Yemen in 1990 he became president of the new republic.
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