Yemeni President to Return

    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

    Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh will return to his country after a yet-to-be-determined recovery period, Yemen’s state news agency reported Tuesday. Saleh was injured on June 4 in the country’s escalating protests, and then transferred to Saudi Arabia for treatment. Saleh was released from the hospital Sunday, and doctors will determine how long he needs to recover before he can return to Yemen. Since Saleh’s departure, Yemeni Vice President Abraduh Mansur Hadi has assumed power in Sanaa, but the opposition has called for the creation of an interim council to prevent Saleh from returning to power. Saleh appeared on television on July 7 for the first time since the assassination attempt, saying “elements of terrorism” had been behind the attack.

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