SANAA (Reuters) - The United States showed a lack of respect for democracy and its partners in fighting terrorism by renewing its call for Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down, a Yemeni official said on Saturday. Washington made its call for Saleh to step down on the day it announced that a CIA drone strike had killed Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S.-born cleric seen as one of al Qaedas most eloquent English propagandists, in Yemens northern al-Jawf province. Yemeni security sources said they had located Awlaki with intelligence gathered from a captured al Qaeda operative. On Friday, the White House said Awlakis killing had not altered its demand that Saleh sign a plan under which he would hand over power. Saleh, who repeatedly has shied away from the Gulf-brokered transition deal, has faced more than eight months of protests by Yemenis demanding an end to his 33-year rule. After this big victory in catching Awlaki, the White House calls on the president to leave power immediately? The Americans dont even respect those who cooperate with them, Yemens Deputy Information Minister Abdu al-Janadi told Reuters. Analysts say Saleh has been an inconsistent partner to the West in its fight against al Qaedas Yemen-based wing, sometimes helping U.S.-led efforts and sometimes, his critics say, exploiting the militant threat to win more support from abroad.