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Yemen's President Said To Leave Hospital, Stay In Saudi Arabia


An image grab taken from Yemen's state television shows Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh during a televised speech from the Saudi capital, Riyadh, on July 7.

An image grab taken from Yemen's state television shows Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh during a televised speech from the Saudi capital, Riyadh, on July 7.

Reports quoting a Saudi Arabian official say Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh has left a Riyadh hospital and has been taken to a temporary residence for recovery two months after being wounded by a rocket as his forces waged a deadly crackdown on protesters.

The official, who spoke on condition on anonymity, said Saleh left the military hospital in Riyadh late on August 8 after receiving "necessary treatment" for injuries he sustained in the rocket incident at the presidential palace in Yemen.

Since Saleh's departure to Saudi Arabia, Yemeni Vice President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi has assumed power in Sanaa but without being designated as de facto head of state.

The opposition, meanwhile, has called for the creation of an interim council to prevent the return of Saleh -- who has resisted calls for his resignation.

compiled from agency reports
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