Yemen state TV staff head for Riyadh to air President Saleh's speech

08:19, June 28, 2011      

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Anti-government protesters shout slogans during a rally to demand the ouster of Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sanaa June 27, 2011. Wounded Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, not seen in public since an attack on his palace in early June, is well enough to return soon to Yemen and will make a media appearance within the next couple of days, an official said. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

Staff of the Yemeni state TV Monday left for the Saudi capital of Riyadh to conduct an interview with President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who is being treated there following an attack on his presidential palace, the ruling party's website reported.

The portal said Saleh is to unveil political reforms to be implemented within the next period. Saleh's expected speech was announced on Sunday by his information advisor Ahmed al-Soufi, who told Xinhua that the president would deliver the speech to the nation within 48 hours.

The president, 69, has not been seen in public since he was airlifted to Riyadh a day after being seriously injured in the bombardment that hit his palace, which killed 12 of Saleh's aides and wounded tens of high-ranking government officials. The officials said Saleh is now in good health condition.

The president has faced months of protests across the country that left hundreds of people dead since the beginning of this year, demanding him to end his 33-year rule and leave the country.

Source: Xinhua

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