ALI ABDULLAH SALEH

  • Syrian intervention: No desirable outcomes August 29, 2013

    It would be easy to forget that Syria was among the first countries to flare up in the Arab Spring. In March 2011, street protests over the detention of schoolboys in Darraa grew so quickly, that most predicted Assad would go quicker than Gaddafi or Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh...
  • 65 per cent of Yemeni voters pick a new president February 25, 2012

    Sanaa: Yemen's election commission says that 65 per cent of registered voters in the country cast their ballot for Vice President Abed Rabo Mansour Hadi in this week's singlecandidate presidential election aimed at bringing an end to months of political turmoil. The vote, part of a USbacked agreement to ease out...
  • Yemen votes, seals Saleh's exit February 21, 2012

    Aden: Yemen sealed President Ali Abdullah Saleh's exit from power on Tuesday by electing his deputy to shepherd the country away from the brink of civil war. Vice President AbdRabbu Mansour Hadi, the sole, consensus candidate, billed the vote as a way to move on after months of protests against...
  • Yemen: Saleh seeks exile in reluctant Oman January 25, 2012

    Muscat: Outgoing Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh is seeking exile in neighbouring Oman but the sultanate is reluctant to host him for fear of harming relations with Yemen, diplomats said on Tuesday. Saleh left Sanaa on Sunday and headed to the United States for medical treatment after a brief stopover in...
  • Yemen's Saleh leaves for US, opponents protest January 23, 2012

    Sanaa: Outgoing president Ali Abdullah Saleh apologised for "any shortcoming" in his 33year rule before leaving Yemen for the United States on Sunday, paving the way for a transfer of power after a year of unrest. "God willing, I will leave for (medical) treatment in the United States and I will...
  • Yemen parliament passes law granting Saleh immunity January 22, 2012

    Sanaa: Yemen's parliament approved a law on Saturday granting outgoing President Ali Abdullah Saleh immunity from prosecution over the killing of protesters, in a bid to push ahead with a plan to ease him out of power and end nearly a year of unrest. The law, backed by a majority of...
  • Yemen's Saleh says to go to US, let govt function December 25, 2011

    Sanaa: Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh said on Saturday he would go to the United States in order to allow an interim government to prepare for an election to replace him, but did not specify when he would leave. Saleh, speaking to reporters after forces loyal to him fired at protesters...
  • Yemen fighting challenges new unity government December 11, 2011

    Sanaa: Fighting overshadowed the first meeting on Saturday of Yemen's new unity government, tasked with trying to avert civil war after a power transfer brokered by the country's Gulf neighbours. Clashes in the southern province of Abyan killed 11 militants and two soldiers while a soldier was killed in overnight fighting...
  • At least 25 dead in Yemen conflict, fighters say November 28, 2011

    Sanaa: At least 25 people have been killed and dozens wounded in northern Yemen, where Shi'ite Muslim rebels have attacked Sunni Islamist Salafi fighters with bursts of shelling, a Salafi spokesman said on Sunday. The shelling, which killed 10 people on Saturday, continued on Sunday afternoon, he said, bringing the death...
  • Yemen sets date for presidential vote November 27, 2011

    Sanna: Yemen's official news agency says the vice president has called for a presidential vote to be held on February 21 in line with a powersharing deal aimed at ending a ninemonth political crisis. President Ali Abdullah Saleh signed a USbacked Gulf Arab proposal earlier this week in the Saudi capital...
  • Fierce clashes in Yemen leave 2 dead despite deal November 26, 2011

    Sanaa: Heavy fighting between rival army units shook Yemen's capital on Friday, killing two soldiers in what could signal the start of a power struggle just days after autocratic President Ali Abdullah Saleh agreed to end his 33year rule. The clashes pitted Central Security forces commanded by Saleh's nephew, Colonel Yehia...
  • Yemen powertransfer deal fails to stop violence November 24, 2011

    Sanaa: President Ali Abdullah Saleh's agreement to step down failed to halt antigovernment demonstrations or prevent violence on Thursday as regime supporters killed five protesters demanding that the ousted leader be put on trial for crimes ranging from corruption to bloodshed during the current uprising. Saleh signed the USbacked powertransfer deal,...
  • 35 dead in Egypt; Yemen's Saleh to transfer power November 24, 2011

    Egypt remains tense as its enters its 6th day of unrest. Military police poured into Cairo's Tahrir Square on Wednesday in hopes of stopping clashes between protesters and police. ...
  • Ban welcomes transition of power in Yemen November 24, 2011

    United Nations: UN chief Ban Kimoon has welcomed the transition of power in Yemen, saying all sides should now honour their commitments to immediately bring to an end all violence and refrain from further provocations. The political settlement agreement, signed by President Ali Abdullah Saleh, was an "important step for the...
  • Yemen's Saleh signs deal to give up power November 24, 2011

    Riyadh: Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh signed a deal on Wednesday under which he will step down after 33 years in power and 10 months of protests against his rule that brought the country to the brink of civil war. Celebrations erupted in the capital Sanaa as Saleh inked the agreement...
  • Yemen's Saleh says ready to step down in 90 days November 15, 2011

    Sanaa: Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh said on Monday he was ready to step down within 90 days of reaching a deal on a formal process for implementing a Gulf initiative aimed at ending the ninemonthold crisis in his country. Saleh, who has so far refused to sign the accord proposed...
  • Fighting kills 17 in Yemen, UN pushes for peace November 12, 2011

    Taiz: At least 17 people were killed in heavy clashes in the Yemeni city of Taiz on Friday, a day after a UN envoy began a new mission to push President Ali Abdullah Saleh to quit under a Gulf peace plan. Witnesses and medical staff said at least 30 people were...
  • UN Council calls on Yemen Prez to transfer power October 22, 2011

    United Nations: The UN Security Council on Saturday unanimously passed a resolution that calls on Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down and transfer power to his deputy as it condemned human rights violations and demanded an immediate end to attacks on civilians by security forces. The resolution, which...
  • UN calls for power transfer in Yemen October 22, 2011

    United Nations: The UN Security Council called on Friday for Yemen's president to immediately accept a deal to transfer power to his deputy and end escalating violence in the strategically located Middle East nation. The council unanimously adopted a resolution expressing serious concern at the worsening security and deteriorating economic and...
  • Yemen: Saleh wants global guarantees to sign deal October 20, 2011

    Sanaa: Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh said on Wednesday he would sign a Gulf peace deal calling for a transfer of power only if the United States, Europe and Gulf Arab states gave him unspecified guarantees. Violence in Yemen, where thousands have been demonstrating for months demanding that Saleh end his...
  • Yemeni officials say 18 killed in clashes October 18, 2011

    Sanaa: Clashes between troops loyal to Yemen's embattled president and his rivals on Monday left at least 18 people killed and 30 wounded in the capital Sanaa and the city of Taiz, according to medical, security and tribal officials. They said eight followers of a powerful tribal leader who defected to...
  • 8 killed, Yemenis hope for UN pressure on Saleh October 17, 2011

    Sanaa: Eight Yemenis, including five protesters, were killed in a new upsurge in violence in the capital on Sunday, hospital officials and witnesses said, and President Ali Abudllah Saleh said he expected China and Russia to block UN moves to end his rule. The two countries joined forces to veto a...
  • Yemeni opposition doubts Saleh pledge to quit soon October 10, 2011

    Sanaa: Yemeni officials rowed back from President Ali Abdullah Saleh's statement that he would step down within "the coming days", and opponents dismissed the offer on Sunday as yet another delaying tactic to try and stay in power. Saleh, 69, has defied protests all year against his threedecade rule, reversing repeated...
  • Yemen's Saleh says will step down October 9, 2011

    Sanaa: Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh said he would step down in 'the coming days' after months of protests against his 33year rule that risked tipping the dirtpoor country into civil war, but the government said his exit was not imminent. "I reject power and I will continue to reject it,...
  • Will leave power in coming days: Yemen President October 8, 2011

    Sanaa: Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh said on Saturday he would leave power in the coming days, the closest the veteran leader has come to announcing he plans to step down after nine months of mass protests against his 33year rule. "I reject power and I will continue to reject it,...
  • Fighting, air strikes kill 16 in Yemen October 5, 2011

    Sanaa: Mortar fire killed two Yemenis and wounded six in Sanaa on Tuesday in what appeared to be fighting in the capital between soldiers loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh and troops siding with antigovernment protesters. A doctor said the victims were civilians hit by a mortar round that landed in...
  • Yemeni jet mistakenly bombs army post, kills 30 October 2, 2011

    Sanaa: A government warplane has mistakenly bombed an army position in southern Yemen, killing at least 30 soldiers and wounding many more, military and medical officials said on Sunday. The officials said the bombing, which took place on Saturday evening in the southern Abyan province, targeted an abandoned school used as...
  • Yemeni tribesmen overrun loyalist army base September 26, 2011

    Sanaa: Antigovernment tribesmen overran an army base housing an elite unit north of Yemen's capital early Monday, security officials said, capturing 30 soldiers and dealing a blow to the prestige of the powerful Republican Guards led by the son of the country's embattled president. Yemen has been wracked by violence since...
  • US asks Saleh to initiate a full transfer of power September 25, 2011

    Washington: Deeply concerned over the current situation in Yemen, the US on Sunday asked President Ali Abdullah Saleh to begin a "full transfer of power" immediately after a week of unrest claimed nearly 200 lives in the country. "We again urge President Saleh to initiate a full transfer of power without...
  • Yemeni truce breached by shelling, 16 dead September 22, 2011

    Sanaa: Yemeni government forces on Wednesday fired mortars at tens of thousands of mourners at funerals held for protesters killed in clashes and attacked an opposition base, shattering a ceasefire negotiated a day earlier to end the Arab nation's latest bout of deadly violence. The two attacks killed 16 people. The...