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Yemen’s Saleh ‘well’ but date of return uncertain

Posted by on June 22, 2011 0 Comment

Sanaa: Wounded Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh is “well” but the date of his return cannot be confirmed, the deputy information minister said today, amid conflicting reports on the embattled leader’s health.

“We have no confirmation yet” on the date of the return of Saleh, recovering in Riyadh from wounds sustained in an explosion as he prayed at his palace mosque earlier this month, “but we assume he’ll be back within the few coming days,” Abdo al-Janadi told a news agency.

“He is constantly in contact with the vice president (Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi) and he is well. His wounds are of no source of worry,” said Janadi.

Saleh “is now undergoing plastic surgery from the burns he had suffered in the attack.”

But an informed Yemeni source in Riyadh said Saleh, who has not been seen in public since the attack, is still in the intensive care unit at a Saudi military hospital.

“His condition has not improved. He is still at the intensive care unit and nobody can see him,” the source told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The source dismissed any speculation of Saleh’s imminent return.

The condition of Prime Minister Ali Mohammad Mujawar and consultative council chief Abdulaziz Abdulghani, who were also wounded in the blast that killed 11 people and injured another 124 and who are also in Riyadh, is “still very bad,” the same source said.

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