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Yemen's Saleh to address the nation

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Yemen's Saleh to address the nation


They have been dancing in the streets of Sanaa at the news that Yemen’s President Ali Abdallah Saleh is to make a speech that it is rumoured could include an offer to hand over power.

Saleh has not been seen in public since he was wounded in an attack on his palace at the beginning of the month.

He flew to Saudi Arabia for treatment for reportedly severe burns, leaving behind a country on the verge of civil war after months of protests.

His advisor issued a statement on Sunday saying Saleh would make a media appearance within 48 hours. Although he did not go into details, other sources say the president will offer to transfer his power to parliament, or pave the way for early elections permitting him to retire.

The attack on the palace marked a peak in the violence that has engulfed the country amid the mass calls for Saleh to quit.

He is also under pressure from Saudi Arabia and the United States, who fear a power vacuum in Yemen.

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