March 25, 2011 |
Pro- and antigovernment demonstrators swept through the Yemeni capital, Sana, on Friday as President Ali Abdullah Saleh said he may conditionally step aside and hand the nation to "safe hands" to avert further bloodshed after weeks of protests. The timing of a possible resignation was unclear, but Saleh's conciliatory comments were an indication that the embattled president was seeking a graceful exit after the defections of key tribal leaders and his top generals. Saleh is known for his political cunning, however, and it was uncertain whether he was merely maneuvering or was actually planning to step down.
April 20, 2011 |
Gunfire and funerals have been spreading across Yemen as international negotiators have yet to come up with a plan to edge President Ali Abdullah Saleh from power and prevent widespread protests from tipping the impoverished nation into a civil war that could spur unrest across the region. The country's major cities erupt almost daily in violence as security officials and thugs loyal to the government attack anti-Saleh protesters with tear gas and live ammunition. On Wednesday, a gunman on a motorcycle fired into a crowd in the western port city of Hudaydah, killing a demonstrator.
January 4, 2012 |
Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh is as relentless as he is cunning, promising to step aside yet remaining very much in power even after nearly a year of deadly rebellion has edged his impoverished nation to the brink of implosion. Bearing the scars from an assassination attempt last year, Saleh, who has transferred duties to his vice president, still holds an uncanny sway over the country he has ruled for 33 years. He has been maneuvering for his son and nephews to retain control of Yemen's military and security agencies, and last week he startled many by canceling a trip to the U.S. for medical treatment.
February 3, 2010 |
President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who once described ruling Yemen as dancing on the heads of snakes, has stayed in power for three decades through a clever mix of money, tribal ploys and government corruption. But Saleh's political capital is shrinking and his wiles are straining as Yemen struggles with a civil war in the north, secession troubles in the south and a battle against an Al Qaeda affiliate that has drawn the United States into a new front against the terrorist network. As with former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, the U.S. regards Saleh more as a skilled operator than a trusted ally.
March 1, 2011 |
Having endured wars, rebellions and an ongoing battle with Al Qaeda, Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh may not be easily toppled from power by the bloodshed and protests inspired by the unrest that brought down the leaders of Egypt and Tunisia. Saleh has spent the last 32 years co-opting and outflanking his enemies in an impoverished nation that often seems a gunshot away from implosion. Two weeks of daily demonstrations, which have grown more violent and widespread in recent days, have shaken his inner circle but have not dented his aplomb.
June 5, 2011 |
Yemen's embattled president left the country for treatment of injuries suffered in a rocket attack, a dramatic turn after two weeks of heavy fighting that signaled a drive by Saudi Arabia to quell the chaos on its southern border and could result in a change of leadership. A source close to the Saudi government said President Ali Abdullah Saleh arrived late Saturday in Saudi Arabia for treatment. Yemeni officials also confirmed that the Saudis had brokered a truce in the fighting that has racked the capital.
February 20, 2011 |
Two of the Arab world's most ruthless leaders have moved to crush revolts threatening their power in Libya and Yemen as security forces and thugs intensified attacks on dissidents and protesters dug scores of fresh graves amid the rattle of gunfire. The unrest convulsing the region has swept through the two police states, where deaths have climbed past 100 and demonstrators have grown fearless against tear gas and bullets. But even if the scenario is similar to the narrative played out in the overthrow of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, it is far from certain whether demonstrations can dislodge Libyan President Moammar Kadafi and Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
March 2, 2011 |
Yemen's president has apologized to Washington for any misunderstanding caused by his comments that blamed the United States and Israel for destabilizing Arab rulers, the White House announced on Wednesday. President Ali Abdullah Saleh also said he remains committed to political reform in Yemen, the White House said after the Wednesday telephone call from Saleh to John Brennan, deputy national security advisor for homeland security and counter-terrorism. In a Tuesday speech at Sana University in Yemen, Saleh criticized the United States and Israel for helping anti-government protesters in several Arab countries.
October 30, 2010 |
The two makeshift bombs in U.S.-bound packages found on cargo planes Friday in England and Dubai were wired to explode, at least one via a cellphone detonator, U.S. officials said Saturday. In Yemen, where the packages originated, Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh said in a short news conference late Saturday that authorities had identified a woman who was suspected of involvement in mailing the packages. The Associated Press reported that the woman had been arrested. Saleh said Yemeni forces acted on a tip from U.S. officials, who had passed on a telephone trace.