Demonstrations seeking the resignation of President Ali Abdullah Saleh have swiftly rejected his proposal for a new constitution that would increase the power of Yemen’s parliament. Yassin Said Noman, who heads the opposition coalition, said Saleh’s proposal “gives no solution” and only “deepens” the ongoing crisis, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Meantime, the United States and the European Union issued separate statements late last week condemning the use of violence in the demonstrations, which has resulted in deaths and injuries. The United States has called on the Yemeni government to investigate the incidents, while the EU has urged political actors to exercise restraint.

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    As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.