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Yemeni President to return home "soon"

08-17-2011 09:22 BJT

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Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, says he will return home "soon" following treatment in Saudi Arabia. In a speech, broadcast live to a gathering of tribesmen LOYAL to Saleh, he invited the opposition to go to the ballot box to end Yemen's political crisis.

Ali Abdullah Saleh said, "Come with us to the ballot boxes, every democratic country in the world passes through crisis; crisis happens in all places. The opposition are asking for early elections but they ask for the establishment of a National Council and a presidential council, and a military council and to correct the past - we have legitimacy till 2013."

Saleh appeared in visibly better health than in his last televised appearance. He attacked opposition parties and tribesmen who have sided with them, calling them "highway robbers" and "opportunists." He also told protesters their movement had been hijacked.

A member of Saleh's ruling party said this week that senior Islam member Hamid al-Ahmar, was the "prime suspect" in the assassination attempt.

Ahmar has denied involvement. Saleh stopped short of accusing Islam of being behind the attempt on his life, he said he was prepared to hand over power "via elections, not via coups".



Editor:Liu Fang |Source: CNTV.CN

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