Saleh to leave Yemen temporarily, militants free soldiers

April 29, 2012 17:32


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SANAA/ADEN - Former president Ali Abdullah Saleh will leave Yemen temporarily after Gulf states leaned on him to get out of the way of his successor to ease tension complicating efforts to stabilize the country, a diplomatic source said on Sunday.

The diplomat said he expected Saleh to travel next week, probably to the United Arab Emirates, to allow recently elected President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to rule unhindered by his predecessor. Russia has said it is willing to take in Saleh.

The former long-ruling autocrat also agreed to relinquish his position as head of the General People's Congress party. It is sharing power with opposition groups over a two-year transitional period in line with a Gulf-brokered plan to end a year of civil unrest that paralyzed the impoverished state.

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