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Saleh's departure leaves Yemen divided

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Uncertainty surrounds the future of Yemen despite the street celebrations of thousands of democracy activists.

It is clear they see the departure of President Ali Abdullah Saleh for Saudi Arabia as marking the end of his three decades in power.

Opposition spokesperson Wassem al Gorashi said “a council should form a transitional government and draft a new constitution which meets the demands of the Yemeni people for freedom and well-being.”

But Saleh supporters say nothing has changed. The president has left his number two in charge, apparently trying to keep a partial grip on power.

However the Saudis may be reluctant to allow that as they’ve been brokering a deal for him to quit for weeks.

Saleh left seeking medical treatment in Saudi Arabia after sustaining shrapnel wounds from Friday’s attack on his presidential palace.