Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh Set to Arrive in NY for Medical Treatment

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The departing president of Yemen, Ali Abdullah Saleh, is expected to arrive in New York on Wednesday for medical treatment.

Saleh was injured in a bomb attack last summer when the country teetered on the cusp of civil war.

Adel Kassim, an editor at Ghorba News, a local Yemeni newspaper and website, said Yemeni immigrants are mostly supportive of Saleh but want to see the country move forward with peaceful reforms.

"They look forward to establishing their own government, and they look forward to live in peace," Kassim said.

Presidential elections in Yemen are slated for February.


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Comments [3]


For Saleh to now enjoy the safe harbors of the United States, given the civil unrest and violence and corruption in just the past year is highly suspect and should be watched very carefully.

I'd be curious to see the application for diplomatic immunity given to U.S. Department of State on behalf of Saleh - if it is accessible by the pulic. How does the U.S. grant this type of courtesy to a leader, given his recent history and turmoil in Yemen?

What really is going on here, who is he speaking with, and where is he hiding currently on U.S. soil?

Jan. 26 2012 07:24 PM
saba from California

Kassim speaks for himself. The majority of Yemeni-immigrants are against Ali Abdullah Saleh and are aware of his abuse of power. Those who support him are mostly those who took part in the corruption of Yemen and abuse of the Yemeni people and wish to keep things that way. A country without proper justice and no rights is a safe haven for their self-interests.

Jan. 25 2012 12:44 PM
Adel from Dearborn

Adel Kassim is a big liar. The Yemeni community in the United States is NOT mostly supportive of Saleh's regime. In fact, it is one of the sets of Yemenis that has been hurt by the current regime.

The Yemenis in AMerica have demonstrated along their brothers & sisters in Yemen in their support to overthrow Saleh. Proof:

Jan. 25 2012 11:43 AM

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