Injured Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh looks set to return to the country within the next 48-hours.
The man who has ruled Yemen for over 30 years was injured in a bomb blast at the presidential mosque on June 3 and has been receiving medical treatment in Saudi Arabia.
He is said to have suffered severe burns:
The president’s senior adviser is Ahmed al-Sufi:
“The president will appear within the next 48 hours despite our fear that the burns on his face and all over his body will be difficult for us,”
As Yemen remains gripped by protest against the regime it is thought that Salah is to offer two scenarios to end the unrest.
The first is to shift power to parliament and remain as a figurehead. The second is to form a coalition government then hold presidential elections and retire.
Opponents are unlikely to believe a word he says after months of violence.
Across Yemen tens of thousands have taken to the streets to call for Saleh’s sons to leave the country. His son Ahmed commands the elite Republican Guard and his brother Khaled is an army commander.¨
Protesters chanted “Saleh’s orphans must leave Yemen.”