Category Archives: Yemen

Saleh undergoes surgery as Yemen rejoices

Protesters celebrate what they say is fall of president after he travels to Riyadh for
medical treatment for injuries

Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters have celebrated what they described as the fall of the Yemeni government after Ali Abdullah Saleh, the long-serving president, left the country for medical treatment in Saudi Arabia.

The president has undergone two operations “with success” to remove shrapnel from his upper body and perform neurosurgery on his neck, according to a Saudi official. Continue reading


Yemen officials deny president has left country

Yemeni officials have denied President Ali Abdullah Saleh has left the country,
a day after he was injured in an attack on his compound in Sanaa.

Unconfirmed reports earlier said that Mr Saleh had flown to Saudi Arabia.Mr Saleh had
some shrapnel near his heart and second-degree burns on his chest and face, Continue reading

Attack on Yemen’s president adds fuel to a heated conflict

President Ali Abdallah Salih (center), of the ...

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June 04, 2011|By Iona Craig, Jeb Boone and Ned Parker | Los Angeles Times

President Saleh blames the bombardment on an ‘armed gang of outlaws’ and urges
the military to rid the nation of such foes. The attack killed four. Continue reading

Crowds press for Yemen president’s ouster

Blamed for blast that killed 100 at munitions plant

Protesters at Sanaa University participated in a sit-in to demand the end of President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s 32-year rule.
Protesters at Sanaa University participated in a sit-in to demand the end of President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s 32-year rule. (Khaled Abdullah/ Reuters)
By Ahmed al-Haj Associated Press / March 31, 2011

SANA, Yemen — Hundreds of thousands of antigovernment protesters packed the streets of cities throughout Yemen yesterday, demanding the president’s ouster and blaming him for a munitions factory blast that killed at least 100 people.

Enraged men chanted as they walked toward public squares in Sana and elsewhere, waving their national black-white-and-red flag. Many sported green bandannas wrapped around their heads emblazoned with the word “leave,’’ while others scrawled the word on their palms, waving their hands in the air. Continue reading

Change in Yemen

A New Kind of Tribe

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There may have been a time when Yemen’s president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, could have maneuvered a more graceful departure from the office he has held for three decades. But he has lost his legitimacy and should go as quickly as possible. Continued instability is not good for Yemen or for the United States-led fight against Al Qaeda. Continue reading

Latest developments in Arab world’s unrest

Here is a look at the latest developments in Mideast political unrest on Wednesday:

Yemen: Britain pulls staff ahead of Friday protest
Britain said on Wednesday it was temporarily withdrawing part of its embassy team from Yemen’s capital Sanaa ahead of protests expected on Friday. “In light of the rapid deterioration in the security situation in Yemen and the high risk of increased tension in Sanaa and likely protests on Friday 25 March which might result in violent clashes, part of the British embassy team in Sanaa is being temporarily withdrawn, leaving a small core staff in place,” Britain’s Foreign Office said. Britain’s Foreign Office said it was calling on British citizens in Yemen to “leave now” as the government would find it very difficult to offer consular assistance in the event of further violence. Yemen’s parliament granted President Ali Abdullah Saleh‘s request for a 30-day state of emergency, which suspends the constitution, bars protests and gives security forces far-reaching powers of arrest. Saleh offered to step down by the end of the year to try to appease mounting demands for his resignation. Continue reading

Key military leaders join Yemen opposition

By Ahmed Al-HajAssociated Press / March 22, 2011 ( Boston Globe)

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SANA, Yemen — A top military officer and at least 18 other senior commanders defected yesterday to the opposition movement demanding the immediate ouster of Yemen’s embattled president, depriving the US-allied ruler of most of his fast-dwindling power base.

The looming collapse of President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s regime throws into doubt the American campaign against a major Al Qaeda wing that plotted attacks in the United States. Continue reading

Yemen rejects Saleh offer with biggest protests yet

Nearly 100,000 called today for President Saleh to step down, despite his proposal yesterday for sweeping reforms. But Yemen‘s growing protest movement lacks a coherent plan, raising concern that other groups could seize control of the country.

Yemen’s president under new pressure

By Portia Walker
Thursday, March 3, 2011; A09

SANAA, YEMEN – Yemen‘s leader came under new pressure Wednesday as influential clerics, tribal leaders and some members of Yemen’s opposition presented a plan for a peaceful transition of power. Continue reading

Yemen president to step down in 2013

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has said he will not seek to extend his
presidency when his current term expires in 2013.

Saleh, who has been in power for three decades, also pledged that he would
not pass on power to his son. Continue reading