Yemen President Returns from Saudi Arabia

Posted September 23rd, 2011 at 3:11 am (UTC-5)
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Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh has returned to Yemen after spending three months in Saudi Arabia recovering from a assassination attempt.

Yemen state television says President Saleh arrived Friday from the Saudi capital, Riyadh, where he was treated for burns he suffered during a June bomb attack on his presidential compound in Sana'a.

His return comes as fighting between pro- and anti-government forces raged for a sixth straight day leaving nearly 100 people dead since Sunday.

Mr. Saleh has clung to power despite eight months of protests in which thousands have taken to the streets to demand an end to his 33-year rule.

The six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council this week met with Yemen Vice President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi in Sana'a in an attempt to revive a long-stalled plan that calls for President Saleh to hand over power to a deputy.

Mr. Saleh has agreed to the proposal three times since April. However, in each case, he has backed out before a deal could be signed.