11 Jul '11, 12am

Yemen's Saleh goes on TV, offers to share power

SANAA/ADEN - Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh (picture) appeared on television on Thursday for the first time since an assassination attempt a month ago and said he was ready to share power within the constitution's framework. Mr Saleh, who is recovering in Riyadh after the June 3 bomb attack on his presidential compound, showed signs of severe burns to his face, which was covered with white stubble instead of his trademark thick moustache. He had heavily bandaged arms and hands in the appearance on Yemen TV in a pre-recorded interview. "We are not against participation, we are for participation with all political powers, whether they are in opposition or ruling, but in the light of a programme which the people agree upon," Mr Saleh said. Mr Saleh, who flew to neighbouring Saudi Arabia for treatment after the attack, has hung on to power despite international pressure ...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/World/EDC110709-0000031/Yemens...

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