Sunday, June 5, 2011

Saleh in Saudi Arabia, Yemen calm, future uncertain

The palace mosque after the attack. (AFP)

President Ali Abdullah Saleh flew toSaudi Arabia on Sunday for medical treatment, pitching Yemen deeper into turmoil after months of protests against his three-decade rule.
Saudi sources said Riyadh had brokered a ceasefire between rival clans and political elites. The streets of Sanaa, which had rung with gun and rocket fire in recent days, were mostly quiet early on Sunday except for a few small gatherings celebrating Saleh's departure.
On Sanaa's University Square, dubbed "Change Square", which has been the epicentre of anti-government protests that have raged against Saleh's rule, protesters were celebrating that the president had left Saleh and many thought that this was the beginning of the end of his 33 year rule.
Abed-Rabbo Mansour Hadi
ice-president Abed-Rabbo Mansour Hadi has taken over as acting president. He is also acting supreme commander of the armed forces. What is going to happen next in Yemen is anybody's guess. Many seems to thik that it's 'game over' for Salreh, but the prevailing mood is one of great uncertainty.
Saleh arrived at King Khalid Air Base in Riyadh and was transferred to a military hospital. The extent of Saleh's injuries has been a matter of speculation. When the rocket struck the mosque in his presidential compound and splintered the pulpit, he was surrounded by senior government officials and bodyguards. Eleven guards died, and five officials standing nearby were seriously wounded and taken to Saudi Arabia.

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