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【时政新闻】Protesters in Yemen Rejoice as Leader Goes to Saudi Arabia萨利赫前往沙特阿拉伯就医,

(2011-06-07 23:15:40)




Published: June 5, 2011

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Protesters in Yemen Rejoice as Leader Goes to Saudi Arabia


RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Thousands of antigovernment protesters celebrated in the streets of Yemen’s capital on Sunday, setting off fireworks and slaughtering cows to mark the departure of President Ali Abdullah Saleh for medical treatment, despite new uncertainty about when — and even whether — he would agree to a lasting transfer of power.

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Mr. Saleh, who has been resisting calls to step down for months, left the country hurriedly on Saturday for Saudi Arabia, where he was operated on for wounds suffered in a deadly attack on his presidential compound the day before.



But on Sunday, aides insisted that he was recovering well and could return home in weeks, if not days.



“He is awake and he is conscious; he is in charge,” said a close adviser who was with him during Friday’s attack, likely by a mortar shell or rocket, and is being treated at the same military hospital in Riyadh.



Mr. Saleh and his advisers are adept political players, and it is possible that they are simply posturing to win the best deal from foreign patrons and Yemenis who are trying to ease him out after 33 years of autocratic rule.



Yemen is already home to an active branch of Al Qaeda that has tried to carry out terrorist attacks on the United States and that seeks to overthrow the Saudi monarchy.



On Sunday, Obama administration officials said that the United States was pressing Mr. Saleh and his allies to accept a deal recently negotiated by Arab states, including Saudi Arabia, that would allow him to leave power in exchange for immunity.



Several officials hinted that the United States might be willing to throw in financial incentives to induce Mr. Saleh to relinquish the presidency for good.



Some analysts said Saudi Arabia’s leadership would not allow Mr. Saleh to return to power after months of frustrating efforts to cajole him to step down amid growing instability.



And on Sunday, Western diplomats and Arab experts said they expected that Saudi and American officials were maneuvering behind the scenes to win agreement for a transition plan in Yemen before Mr. Saleh could return home to undermine their efforts.



But there is one wild card in those calculations: many Saudis have long supported Mr. Saleh because of his skill in suppressing dissent, and it was unclear if they were prepared to unseat him so abruptly.



The original transition plan built in some time before he had to leave office to allow for an orderly succession.



“They’re really in the eye of the hurricane, and it’s very hard to predict where events will go now,” said Charles Schmitz, a Yemen specialist at Towson University in Baltimore.



There were worrisome signs on Sunday that Yemen’s turmoil was far from over.



Although a cease-fire to end fierce fighting in the capital between government forces and tribal rivals working with the opposition was mainly holding, mortar fire could still be heard in at least one neighborhood.



 And although a Yemeni official said some family members left Sana, the capital, with Mr. Saleh on Saturday, several sons and nephews who control the powerful military and intelligence services remained behind.



Vice President Abd al-Rab Mansur al-Hadi has taken over as temporary leader, but analysts say he may have trouble maintaining control, especially if some factions see the president’s absence as a chance to finally dislodge him and his family.



Many of Mr. Saleh’s enemies are well-armed, including a general who recently defected with many of his troops in sympathy with the pro-democracy protesters.



Saudi leaders, who have long meddled in Yemeni politics, were largely quiet on Sunday about their efforts to enable political change in Yemen.



 The silence was a possible indication of the bad choices they were left with when the attack on Mr. Saleh’s compound instantly reshaped a leadership debate that had been raging for months as massive street protests whittled away at the president’s standing.




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Translated by 川透社: 尹迪 林宇

当日负责人:肖罗乐    责编:陈柏伊


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