July 7 - Despite burns to his face and arms from a recent assassination attempt, Yemen's president Ali Abdullah Saleh still seeking to hold onto power. Deborah Gembara reports.
This is Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh's first public appearance since an assassination attempt on him last month. There are burns on his face and his arms and hands are reportedly in bandages but Saleh, who has been recovering in Saudi Arabia, isn't ready to give up power -- despite six months of protests seeking his removal. SOUNDBITE: (Arabic) YEMENI PRESIDENT ALI ABDULLAH SALEH SAYING: "We welcome the sharing within the framework of the constitution and in the framework of the law, we welcome power sharing in the framework of the constitution of Yemen, which allows for multiplicity of parties and politics and allows for the freedom of opinion. " In the address on Yemen TV, he also discussed the bomb attack on his compound. SOUNDBITE: (Arabic) YEMENI PRESIDENT ALI ABDULLAH SALEH SAYING: "Yes I had a number of operations, more than eight successful operations, to recover from burns caused by the accident, they include eight successful operations. A number of officials also underwent operations including the leader of parliament, the prime minister, the deputy prime minister and Rashad al Alimi, the mayor of Sanaa. More then 87 people affected by this incident, underwent surgery." Many diplomats say it is unlikely that Saleh will be able to return to Yemen where the movement against him has only intensified. Deborah Gembara, Reuters.