June 17, 2011 / 11:50 AM / 8 years ago

Yemeni government says Saleh to return from Saudi in days

Anti-government protesters shout slogans during a demonstration to demand the ouster of Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh in the southern city of Taiz June 16, 2011. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

SANAA (Reuters) - Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, taken to Saudi Arabia for wounds suffered during an attack on his palace earlier this month, will return to the country within days, a Yemeni official said on Friday.

“The presidency has confirmed to me that the president will return within coming days,” Abdu al-Janadi, Yemen’s deputy information minister told Reuters. He did not specify a particular date.

“The president’s health is improving continuously,” he said.

Saleh’s health and fate have been the subject of conflicting reports since the attack on June 3 that wounded him and members of his cabinet, and he has not appeared in public since then.

Saudi and Yemeni official media have reported that Saleh has spoken with King Abdullah as well as Bahrain’s king in recent days. Saleh’s formal renunciation of power, after months of protests against him, is a principal demand of his opponents, including tribal figures and a group of opposition parties.

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