August 22, 2011 / 2:30 PM / 7 years ago

Yemen politician dies of wounds from attack on Saleh

RIYADH, Aug 22 (Reuters) - The speaker of Yemen’s appointed upper house of parliament died in Saudi Arabia on Monday morning from injuries suffered in a June assassination attempt on President Ali Abdullah Saleh, a government official with Saleh in Riyadh said.

Abdulaziz Abdulghani is the first senior political figure to have died from the explosion in Saleh’s palace mosque which forced the president and a number of his aides to seek medical treatment in Saudi Arabia.

A former prime minister and vice president of North Yemen, Abdulghani will be buried in Yemeni capital Sanaa on Wednesday.

Yemen, an impoverished country of 23 million at the tip of the Arabian Peninsula, has been in turmoil since January when protesters took to the streets demanding Saleh leave office. (Reporting by Mohamed Sudam; Writing by Isabel Coles; Editing by David Stamp)

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