Yemen’s President Saleh ‘leaves country’ for treatment

Yemen’s veteran President, Ali Abdullah Saleh, has left the country to travel to the US for medical treatment, Yemeni officials say.

In a televised “farewell speech” he asked for forgiveness for “any shortcomings” during his 33-year rule.

His departure came a day after MPs approved a law giving him immunity from prosecution.

The law was part of a deal under which President Saleh would relinquish power and leave Yemen.

A spokesman for Mr Saleh, Ahmed al-Soufi, said the president had flown out of the country late on Sunday bound for neighbouring Oman, from where he is expected to continue his journey.

“God willing, I will leave for treatment in the United States and I will return to Sanaa as head of the General People’s Congress party,” Mr Saleh earlier told party officials in his speech.


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