Yemen VP says doesn't know when Saleh returns: report

Reuters News
Posted: Jun 29, 2011 7:24 PM
Yemen VP says doesn't know when Saleh returns: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Yemen Vice President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi said on Wednesday that the country's president was so severely injured in an assassination attempt that he did not know when he would return, CNN reported.

Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh was injured in an attack on his palace in early June and is receiving medical treatment in Saudi Arabia.

Hadi told CNN in an interview that he saw Saleh immediately after the bomb attack and the Yemeni leader had a piece of wood between his ribs in his chest and burns to his face, arms and upper body.

Yemen has been shaken by months of protests against Saleh's three-decade rule.

Saleh sent a message through his foreign minister who delivered it on state television Wednesday calling for dialogue with the opposition to implement a Gulf-brokered plan for transition of power.

Hadi said according to the doctors no one can tell when Saleh might return. "Days, weeks, months," he said through a translator. "It could be months, this is a decision up to the doctors."

(Reporting by Tabassum Zakaria; Editing by Eric Walsh and Paul Simao)

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