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Wednesday
Aug172011

Yemeni President Saleh Appears on TV, Vows to Return

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh addresses an emergency session of parliament and the consultative council in the capital Sanaa on Feb. 2, 2011 where he announced the he will freeze constitutional changes that would allow him to be president for life and put off a controversial April poll. Photo by GAMAL NOMAN/AFP/Getty Images(SANAA, Yemen) -- President Ali Abdullah Saleh vowed Tuesday to return to Yemen soon from Saudi Arabia, where he's been recuperating from wounds he suffered in an attack on his palace compound.

In a televised address, he told his chanting supporters, "See you soon."

Yemen is reeling from six months of mass street protests calling for Saleh's ouster, which would end his 33-year rule. There are fears that his return could spark a civil war.

Saudi Arabia and the U.S. are pushing for a power-transfer deal that would offer Saleh immunity from prosecution if he steps down. Saleh did not mention this deal in his address.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

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