June 26 - An adviser to Yemen's President Saleh says that he will make a TV address within 48 hours. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, not seen in public since an attack on his palace earlier this month, will make a media appearance within 48 hours. SOUNDBITE: Senior Adviser to Yemeni President, Ahmed Al-Sufi, saying (Arabic): "The President will appear within the next 48 hours despite our fear that the burns on his features and on different parts of his body will be an obstacle, given that his appearance will not be as the media expects it." The 69-year old Saleh headed to Saudi Arabia for treatment after the attack Sufi says Saleh continues to direct Yemeni affairs. SOUNDBITE: Senior Adviser to Yemeni President, Ahmed Al-Sufi, saying (Arabic): "I confirm that the President Ali Abdullah Saleh is in good health and is recovering. I assure you that I regularly speak to him and he also speaks to the ruling parties and he issues instructions. He personally supervises many events." He also says they will find out who is accountable for the attack. SOUNDBITE: Senior Adviser to Yemeni President, Ahmed Al-Sufi, saying (Arabic): "The Yemeni people are interested now in an important issue, which is the President's health. Secondly, they are interested to know who attempted to assassinate him, the parties involved in this operation and the weapons used in the operation," Sufi added. Months of protests against Saleh's 33-year rule have sparked deadly clashes between the President's followers and opponents, bringing the country to a standstill and raising concerns that militants will exploit the unrest to gain a foothold in the impoverished state. Sources told Reuters Saleh expects to return to Yemen and will then begin a transfer of power. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters