Saleh apologises to country,leaves for Oman en route to US

Ali Abdullah Saleh,left Yemen and will travel to New York for medical treatment

Written by New York Times | New York | Published: January 23, 2012 1:13:37 am


Yemen’s outgoing president,Ali Abdullah Saleh,left Yemen on Sunday and will travel to New York for medical treatment,Yemeni officials said.

Saleh will stop first in the neighbouring country of Oman,and then continue to the US,where he is expected to arrive by Wednesday,a high-ranking official close to Saleh said.

The official,who spoke on condition of anonymity,said that Saleh was reluctant to travel,but he required treatment outside of the country for injuries he sustained in a bomb attack on the presidential palace in June.

Saleh,who has faced a year of protests and international pressure calling for the end of his 33-year rule,had previously made contradictory statements about whether he would leave the country. In December,he said he was leaving Yemen for treatment in the US,and then reversed himself two weeks later.

There were reports over the weekend that Saleh planned to move to Oman,but in a televised speech Sunday,he said he would return to Yemen after his treatment was finished. He also asked the country for “pardon for any failure that occurred during my tenure.” Addressing protesters,he said,“Start with a new page with the new leadership”.

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