Supporters and opponents of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh have staged rival rallies as the United Nations considers a resolution that could call for the president to relinquish power.

State media report Mr. Saleh's supporters massed across the country Friday. In the capital, Sana'a, some loyalists hoisted huge photos of the embattled leader.

Meanwhile, the French news agency says chanting anti-government protesters urged the U.N. to put Mr. Saleh on trial.

U.N. Security Council members are expected to consider a resolution drafted by Britain that voices support for a Gulf Cooperation Council initiative. The measure, circulated this week, calls for Mr. Saleh to hand over power to a deputy.

Mr. Saleh has stated that he would support the measure on at least three occasions but, each time, he backed down without signing it.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP.