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Yemen president to return home to end political crisis

08-17-2011 08:48 BJT

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Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, says he will return home "soon" following treatment in Saudi Arabia. In a speech, broadcasted 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 Abudullah 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".

Anti-government protesters shout slogans during a rally to demand for the ouster of
Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh in the southern city of Taiz August 16, 2011.


Yemeni tribesmen loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh attend a conference to discuss
their country's crisis in Sanaa, Yemen, Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011. President Ali Abdullah
Saleh says he will return to Yemen soon and renewed his calls for early presidential
elections. Saleh spoke Tuesday from Saudi Arabia, where he has been recuperating from
wounds he suffered in a June attack on his palace compound in the Yemeni capital of
Sanaa. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)


Editor:Zou Xian |Source: CNTV.CN

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