Saleh Set for Exile in Ethiopia

Ousted Yemen leader to leave within 2 days: aides

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 27, 2012 6:40 AM CST

(Newser) – Following the inauguration of his successor, Yemen's ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh is due to leave the country within days, aides say: He's seeking exile in Ethiopia. Despite his exit from power, Saleh's presence in the country has remained a source of tension, prompting thousands to protest today, the AP reports. Saleh has been in and out of the country since unrest began, and many fear he won't truly relinquish power until he has left. Aides say he'll head for Ethiopia, with some family members in tow, within two days. A diplomat in Sanaa confirmed that arrangements had been made for his departure.

Yemen's former president Ali Abdullah Saleh addresses a ceremony at the presidential palace, formally handing power to Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi in the Yemeni capital Sanaa, on February 27, 2012.   (Getty Images)
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