Sunday, June 05, 2011

Yemen - The Saudi-Arabian Option

Above picture: Ahmed ash-Shalafi,
correspondent of Al-Jazeera Arabic
TV, reporting from Sanaa.

Wounded President might Leave his Country

After a recent attack on the Yemenite president's residency and that left president Saleh wounded and some of his guards dead, Saudi-Arabia offered medical treatment to the president of Yemen.

Last night and in the frame of a regular TV broadcast in Arabic named "REVOLUTION TALK حديث الثورة", this time on Yemen, Al-Jazeera TV in Qatar presented the following live news as subtitles. I took that changing information as a basis of an own translation. Now you can read the news in the same sequence they appeared:

مصادر سعودية تؤكد وصول مسؤولين يمنيين الذين أصيبوا في الانفجار للعلاج في المملكة
Saudi-Arabian sources confirm the arrival of Yemenite [officials] who were wounded by the explosion [in the president's residency] and [are awaiting] medical treatment in the kingdom [of Saudi-Arabia].

أنباء عن وصول الرئيس اليمني علي عبد الله صالح إلى السعودية لتلقي العلاج بسبب جروح أصيب بها
News of Yemen's president Ali Abdallah Saleh having arrived in Saudi-Arabia to undergo [medical] treatment because of the wounds he had received.

صالح قد يكون أصيب على الأرجح إصابات من بينها شظية قرب القلب و حروقا بالصدر و الوجه
Saleh was probably wounded by the explosion [of a grenade] when he was near to the center [of explosion] and [received] burnings of the breast and his face as well.

The following information seems to be doublechecked by Al-Jazeera's own personnel and is presented in form of a headline rather than a subtitle. It should be regarded as more reliable:

مصادر للجزيرة: الرئيس اليمني ما يزال يتلقى العلاج بصنعاء على يد فريق طبي سعودي
Sources of Al-Jazeera [say that] the Yemenite president is still receiving [medical] treatment in Sanaa from the hands of a Saudi-Arabian medical team.

مصادر للجزيرة: طائرة طبية سعودية في صنعاء لنقل الرئيس اليمني في حالة الضرورة
According to sources of Al-Jazeera, an ambulance plane from Saudi-Arabia [has landed] in Sanaa [and is prepared] to transport the Yemenite president in case of urgency.

On the next day, it became clear that president Saleh finally had to leave his country for medical treatment in Saudi-Arabia. Thereupon, Yemenite citizens took to the street in order to celebrate the end of dictatorship, a celebration that comes too early as Saleh might return at any day after his treatment abroad:

Saudi-Arabia to Ensure Ceasefire ?

رئيس مجلس التضامن الوطني في اليمن شيخ حسين الأحمر يعلن التزامه بوقف إطلاق النار بناء على وساطه سعودية
The president of the National Council of Solidarity in Yemen, Sheikh Husein Ahmar, declares [his support of] a ceasefire under the supervision of Saudi-Arabia.

A Slow Transition of Power

On April 23, 2011, president Saleh introduced his own transition program that offered the president's retreat after 30 days. The requirements of that program could not be accepted by the opposition. Therefore, it took another month and the help of an initiative of the Gulf states to come to terms with the Yemenite president on May 21. The new power deal assured immunity from prosecution to president Saleh and comprised the plannings for general elections to be held within two months. Already signed by the opposition, the treaty was later rejected by the president which led to the actual fighting scenes at the presidential residence.

Point nine of the Yemen Transition Deal
achieved on May 21 by the initiative of
the moderating Gulf states:

المبادرة الخليجية المعدلة


في أعقاب الانتخابات, يطلب الرئيس من رئيس الحزب الفائز بأكبر عدد من الأصوات تشكيل الحكومة

At the end of the elections, the president will ask the president of the party winning the higher number of votes to constitute the government.

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