President Saleh returns to Yemen, calls for truce

After spending three months in Saudi Arabia recovering from an assassination attempt, President Saleh returned to Yemen and a violent reaction to his homecoming: President Ali Abdullah Saleh called for a truce as he returned to Yemen today after more than three months abroad, amid fighting between government troops and opposition forces demanding his ouster. Saleh believes a truce and a cease-fire are needed so that a solution to the crisis can be reached through dialogue, Tarik al-Shami, spokesman for the ruling General People's Congress, said today by phone. The president will address the nation on Sept. 25, al-Shami said. "Tell the returning mass killer, we will prosecute him," crowds chanted in al-Siteen Street in Sana'a. In the capital's al-Sabeen Square, another group gathered in a show of support for the president. Unrest escalated this week after the Organization Committee of the Popular Youth Revolution urged Yemenis to intensify protests demanding an end to Saleh's...(Read Full Post)