The Obama Administration, according to the New York Times, will allow Ali Abdullah Saleh into the country for medical treatment, in a move eerily similar to the Carter Administration allowing the Shah of Iran to seek medical help. A visa has not been submitted for Saleh, and the ultimate outcome is subject to certain conditions. But the path appears set.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday December 27, 2011 1:40 pm|
|By: David Dayen Monday December 26, 2011 10:30 am|
Ali Abdullah Saleh, the either current or former leader of Yemen, depending on who you talk to, vowed to leave the country for the United States to receive treatment for injuries suffered in an assassination attempt this June. The US has not yet responded to the request to allow Saleh to enter the country, and there are risks if it agrees.
|By: David Dayen Thursday June 23, 2011 6:30 pm|
The injured, exiled President of Yemen, Ali Abdullah Saleh, could return to the country as early as tomorrow.
|By: David Dayen Saturday June 4, 2011 4:00 pm|
Apparently the blast that injured President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Yemen was pretty bad. The BBC reports that he has shrapnel lodged near his heart, as well as second-degree burns to his chest and face. That would explain why his statement yesterday was on audio tape and not video. In that audio address, Saleh blamed an “outlaw gang” for the attack on the Presidential palace, and vowed to not leave power until the militant threat was stopped. But today, Saleh has apparently left Yemen for treatment in Saudi Arabia.
|By: David Dayen Sunday May 22, 2011 5:36 pm|
If the situation in Yemen weren’t serious, it would almost be comical. The trajectory of events is familiar. The Gulf Cooperation Council, an entity dominated by Saudi Arabia, comes up with a deal for President Ali Abdullah Saleh to leave power after 30 days, with elections soon after, in exchange for legal immunity from prosecution for Saleh and perhaps members of his family. Saleh agrees to it in principle. The opposition agrees. Then Saleh raises some objection and refuses to sign the agreement. I think this has happened three times now. In the latest display, the opposition actually signed the document, going further than any previous deal. Saleh initially said he would sign it despite denouncing it as a “coup.” That should have been a sign.
|By: David Dayen Sunday May 1, 2011 4:00 pm|
A deal that would have had Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh leave office within thirty days fell through over the weekend, as he refused to sign the deal brokered by fellow Gulf states. The formal signing ceremony was supposed to happen today.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday April 19, 2011 5:16 pm|
The rulers being protested throughout the Middle East have had enough time to gauge the situation and determine their course of action. They are making the choice that repression and defiance will yield benefits, even though it did not work for Ben Ali in Tunisia and Mubarak in Egypt.
|By: David Dayen Monday April 4, 2011 1:15 pm|
Saudi Arabia gave up on Saleh two weeks ago. About a week later, the US tries to nudge him out the door. Period, end of story.
|By: David Dayen Sunday March 27, 2011 3:36 pm|
The word in Yemen as of Friday was that President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s 32-year rule was nearing its final days. He entered talks with the opposition to leave the office of the Presidency, if the country could be put into “safe hands.” Saleh had previously offered to step down within a year, but the protest movement rejected anything less than an immediate departure, generally through throwing their shoes at pictures of the President.
|By: David Dayen Friday March 25, 2011 8:50 am|
Yemen’s Ali Abdullah Saleh is reportedly in negotiations to end his Presidency. No deal has yet been reached, but the protesters plan to put more pressure on Saleh today after Friday prayers with a large rally outside Sanaa University, called the “Day of Departure.” The capital has become a virtual tent city, with pro-democracy activists packing the streets and calling for the President’s removal.