05 Jun '11, 2am

Yemeni president arrives in Saudi, not quitting

Yemeni president arrives in Saudi, not quitting

RIYADH - Yemen's beleaguered President Ali Abdullah Saleh, wounded in shelling of his compound in the capital Sanaa, arrived late Saturday in Riyadh for treatment but has not stood down, a Saudi official said. "President Saleh has arrived in Riyadh for treatment, but he will return to Yemen," the official told AFP on condition of anonymity. In Sanaa, a presidential palace source confirmed his departure but refused to say any more. Under Yemen's constitution, Saleh will be replaced during his absence by Deputy President Abdel Rabbo Mansur Hadi. Saleh has refused to give up the power he has held for nearly 33 years despite four months of angry and violent protests against his rule. He notably refused to sign a plan worked out by the Gulf Arab monarchies, headed by Saudi Arabia, for a peaceful transfer of power. Saleh, 69, arrived aboard a Saudi medical aircraft while a secon...

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