Yemen's Saleh Leaves Country

    Outgoing Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh speaks to the press at the presidential palace in Sanaa on January 22, 2012. Saleh said he will head to the United States for medical treatment as he asked his people for forgiveness, in a farewell speech released as he left Sanaa. His departure came a day after parliament adopted a law giving Saleh "complete" immunity from prosecution in return for stepping down under a Gulf-brokered transition deal.     AFP PHOTO/STR (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Yemen's embattled and outgoing president Ali Abdullah Saleh left the country Sunday after delivering a farewell speech, and is headed for the United States, officials said. Saleh is giving up power after 33 years when widespread demonstrations called for his ouster, and on Saturday parliament passed a law providing him with immunity, despite protests against the move. Saleh is stopping in the neighboring country of Oman, then will head to New York to get treatment for injuries he sustained in a bomb attack at his palace in June. Saleh claims he will return to Yemen after his treatment.

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