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Yemeni official says Saleh will not travel to US

01-05-2012 08:12 BJT

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Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh has reversed plans to travel to the United States, after being asked by members of his party to stay and oversee February's Presidential election.

Saleh withstood nearly a year of protests and military challenges from rivals seeking to topple him. But under a deal crafted by his wealthier neighbors and backed by Washington, he gave up power and initiated political reform.

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh speaks during a meeting with leaders of the ruling party
in Sanaa in 2011.

Last month, he announced he would visit the United States for medical treatment. Yet this came hours after forces loyal to him shot protesters demanding he face trial for killings during an uprising aimed at ending his 33-year rule.

The US said it was considering giving Saleh a visa, a decision which drew criticism that Washington is sheltering Saleh. Now it seems he’ll remain in Yemen until after the elections.

Yemeni protesters chant slogans during a demonstration demanding the prosecution of Yemen's
President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sanaa, Yemen, Tuesday Jan. 3, 2012.

 

Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: CNTV.CN

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