June 5 - A Yemeni government spokesman told Reuters that President Ali Abdullah Saleh will return to the capital Sana'a after he has recovered from his injuries. Jon Decker reports.
Yemeni soldiers who have defected from forces loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh joined celebrations in the Yemeni capital on Sunday after Saleh, who was wounded in an attack on his palace, flew to Saudi Arabia for medical treatment. They joined protesters demanding that Saleh's regime quit office in the Arab world's poorest nation. Yemen's Deputy Information Minister told Reuters that Saleh underwent surgery on Sunday to remove shrapnel from his chest. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) YEMENI DEPUTY INFORMATION MINISTER ABDOU AL-JANADI SAYING: "The president will return to the capital Sana'a after he is recovered from the injuries and the burns that he suffered. He will return back with God's will and will come back to resume his duties according to the constitution." Meanwhile, Acting President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi met on Sunday with military commanders who remain in Yemen and the U.S. ambassador. Worries are mounting that Yemen, already on the brink of financial ruin and home to al Qaeda militants, could become a failed state that poses a threat to the world's top oil exporting region. Jon Decker, Reuters.