His hands and arms heavily bandaged, Yemen’s President has appeared on television for the first time since an assassination attempt a month ago.
Ali Abdullah Saleh looked a shadow of his former self, his face now showing signs of severe burns as he recovers in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
He said he had had more than eight operations following the explosion on June 3 at his presidential compound, where at least seven people died.
Saleh also declared he was ready to share power as long as it is within the constitution’s framework.
But he has backed out of deals before and, as speculation mounts over whether he will or will not return to Yemen, protests against his 33-year rule continue.
Hundreds gathered in the capital Sanaa in the latest demonstration. Some said they would even pursue the movement through the month of Ramadan in order to secure political change.