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Reports: Yemen's Saleh Being Taken to Saudi Arabia

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh speaks to the press at the Chancellery on February 27, 2008, in Berlin, Germany.(Photo by Marcel Mettelsiefen/Getty Images)

June 4, 2011

Yemen's president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, agreed to be taken to Saudi Arabia for medical treatment after he was wounded in attacks on Friday, the media reported on Saturday.

Saudi officials said that Saleh, who has ruled for more than three decades, agreed to be taken to Riyadh for treatment, according to The New York Times. It is unclear if Saleh has left the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, yet.

The news is just the latest in an ogoing struggle between Saleh, who has steadfastly held onto power in a nation the U.S. has identified as a possible safe harbor to al-Qaida, and groups within Yemen who have been calling for Saleh's ouster since earlier this year.

 

Saleh has backed out of deals to share power or leave power, and it is unclear how his departure would affect Yemeni politics, but some analysts are predicting that his departure could create deeper chaos in Yemen.

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