Injured President Appears on TV

    In this video image taken from a prerecorded video and broadcast Thursday July 7, 2011 on Yemen state TV from Saudi Arabia, Yemen's embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh lashes out  at opponents seeking to drive him from power in his first public appearance since he was injured last month in a blast at his palace compound. Sitting rigid in a chair, his hair covered with a cloth and his hands wrapped in white bandages, Ali Abdullah Saleh accused "terrorist elements" of carrying out the June 3 attack and criticized his opponents for trying to topple him. He wore a white robe and his face appeared noticeably darker than before the attack.

    Yemen state TV / AP Photo

    It seems Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh's injuries were worse than he let on. Saleh made his first television appearance since the bombing of his compound a month ago, speaking in a prerecorded message from Saudi Arabia. His face was darkened from severe burns, both his arms were bandaged, and he didn't move. "I underwent eight surgical operations," said Saleh. He didn't say whether he would return to Yemen. The announcement appeared designed to bolster his supporters back home, where his family has moved to fill the power vacuum left by his absence.

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