Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh says he will seek a new seven-year term in office.

Mr. Saleh, in power since 1978, had said last July he would not stand for re-election in September's presidential poll because he wanted to open the way for the peaceful rotation of power.

But in a speech Saturday to supporters in Sanaa, the Yemeni leader said wide popular demand compelled him to reverse his decision.

The ruling General Congress Party extended its conference to Saturday after failing on the opening day Thursday to nominate a candidate.

Mr. Saleh ruled first as president of North Yemen, and then as head of the unified state after the May, 1990 merger of North and South.

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