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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-05-11 04:06 PM
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Yemenis rejoice as Saleh leaves
The BBC's Jon Leyne: ''You have to doubt Mr Saleh will ever go back to Yemen''
Thousands of people in Yemen have been celebrating the departure of President Ali Abdullah Saleh to Saudi Arabia.

He is being treated there for injuries received in an attack on his presidential compound on Friday.

Many celebrated in the capital, Sanaa's University Square. Others were on the streets chanting and waving flags.

But explosions and gunfights have also taken place in Sanaa and Taiz in the south. It remains unclear whether Mr Saleh will return to Yemen.

His departure leaves him in a much weakened position, analysts say.

Saudi Arabia, which shares a 1,500km (930-mile) border with Yemen, has been active in trying to broker a transition of power in Yemen.

Mr Saleh underwent two successful operations on Sunday on his chest and neck, Saudi officials said, suggesting he would seek to return to Sanaa after convalescing.
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1. Bomp, Bomp, Bomp, Another one bites the dust.
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