Sunday, June 26, 2011

Yemen: Saleh to Return 'Soon'

The Yemeni government is now claiming that dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh, who was seriously hurt in a rocket attack earlier this month, will appear publicly shortly. This comes as the situation in the country appears to be in the early stages of a civil war. The government stated that Saleh would return to the country after undergoing extensive surgery in neighboring Saudi Arabia.

"He will appear within the next 48 hours despite our fear that the burns on his features and on different parts of his body will be an obstacle given that his appearance will not be as the media expects it," said Ahmed al-Sufi, the President's media secretary.

A nearly failed state, Yemen has been rocked by months of protests against Saleh's three decades of rule. Before that, he was grappling with a rebellion in the north, separatist violence in the south and a resurgent wing of al Qaeda.

Sufi said Saleh was in good health and continued to direct Yemeni affairs from abroad. Saleh's deputy Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi has been at the helm while the president recovers.

This won't be enough to stop the civil war. It may be too late for that.

Cross-posted at WorldThreats.

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