Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh said on Wednesday he will not seek to extend his presidency in a move that would bring an end to a three-decade rule when his current term expires in 2013.
Eyeing protests that brought down Tunisia's leader and threaten to topple Egypt's president, Saleh also vowed not to pass on the reins of government to his son.
"No extension, no inheritance, no resetting the clock," Saleh said, speaking ahead of a planned large rally due on Thursday in Sanaa that has been dubbed a "day of rage."
The U.S.-allied Saleh has been in power for nearly 32 years.
Activists and opposition supporters have staged several protests in Sanaa , boldly asking for Saleh's removal and decrying reports he plans to install his son in power.