Yemen's Saleh vows to return home

17 August 2011

President has been in Saudi Arabia for two months

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has vowed to return home to Yemen, two months after travelling to Saudi Arabia to be treated for wounds sustained during an attack on his palace compound in June.

“See you soon in Sanaa,” Saleh said in a televised address to his supporters from Riyadh.

The US and Saudi Arabia have both called for Saleh to stand down over concerns that further conflict will boost the power of the Yemen-based wing of Al-Qaeda. Both countries have offered Saleh a GCC-brokered plan that would see a transition of power in Yemen. Saleh has agreed to the deal and then backed out of signing it at the last minute three times.

The US is seeking an immediate transfer of power to the acting head of state, Vice-President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.

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