Saleh 'to return to Yemen' after recovery

Wounded Saleh will return to his country from Saudi Arabia after a recovery period determined by his doctors, Yemen's state news agency said on Tuesday.

Saleh 'to return to Yemen' after recovery

Wounded Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh will return to his country from Saudi Arabia after a recovery period determined by his doctors, Yemen's state news agency said on Tuesday.

Saleh has been recovering in Saudi Arabia from injuries suffered in an assassination attempt two months ago, at the peak of fighting between forces loyal to him and those of a powerful tribal faction supporting mass protests that called for him to quit after 33 years of authoritarian rule.

The agency quoted an official in Yemen's presidential office denying a report in the London-based pan-Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat that U.S. officials had convinced Saleh not to return to Yemen, as he has repeatedly vowed to do since his departure.

The United States and Saudi Arabia have tried to stave off turmoil amid a growing power vacuum by trying to ease Saleh from office with a plan brokered by Yemen's wealthier Gulf neighbours.

Saleh agreed to the deal but backed out of signing at the last minute on three separate occasions, the last of which kindled weeks of fighting between his forces and fighters from the al Hashed tribal grouping, which backs calls for his ouster.

Reuters

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