Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Former Yemeni President to seek asylum in Ethiopia: Top aides, diplomats

Ali Abdullah Saleh. - Photo by AFP
Former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh along with some family members are going to live in exile in Ethiopia as he came under immense pressure from the international community to leave the country as soon as possible and let the new leadership attends its duties.
Saleh is under a mounting pressure from GCC states, western nations, and UN t o leave the country. If he did not leave, they threatened they would freeze his and his family's assets, media outlets reported on Monday, citing unidentified top aides and diplomats.
The sources confirmed that the arrangements and preparations have been already been taken for his departure for the African state, where he would spend the rest of his life.
On Monday, Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi, the new Yemeni President, was inaugurated officially as the President of the Republic of Yemen and moved to the Presidential Palace.
USA , where Saleh has received further medical treatment for wounds and burns sustained in an assassination attempt at the Presidential Palace last year, has suggested two weeks ago that Saleh should not return to Yemen, but he insisted that he should attend the inauguration ceremony of his successor.
Saleh presence in the country has become a source of tension and unrest. We believe that he would use his aides and relatives, who hold top posts in the government and military institutions, to influence the political scene and direct it to serve his own agenda and interests; an opposition figure told Yemen Post on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.
Saleh, a man who has always put his and his family interests above his country and people's, said on Monday that he is glad that he handed "the banner of the republic, freedom, security and stability to safe hands"[apparently referring to Hadi.
Earlier the day, thousands of protesters marched through some streets in the capital, Sana'a, demanding that Saleh be prosecuted and held accountable for his crimes against peaceful protesters.
Yemen witnessed on Monday a new inaugurated President after it was led by the same leader for more than 33 years. Saleh's era was, in many experts and political analysts  prospective, an era of mishandling issues and misrule
Source: Yemen Post

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