With pressure growing on Ali Abdullah Saleh to leave the country, the ousted Yemeni leader said Monday that he will go into exile in Ethiopia, where he will live in a villa in the suburb of Addis Ababa, the Associated Press reports.
Despite stepping down from power, Saleh hopes to remain influential in the country’s politics through his allies and relatives who are still in power, according to The Post’s Sudarshan Raghavan.
Last week, Yemenis voted to rubber-stamp the country’s vice-president as the new leader in a deal brokered to steer the country out of chaos.
Key events of the unrest in the Yemen, which began almost a year ago, after the jump:
Late January 2011: Anti-government protests begin in Yemen, inspired by revolts in Egypt and Tunisia.
Feb. 23, 2011: Seven legislators resign from Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s ruling General People’s Congress party and say they will form an independent bloc. Nine legislators have left the party since protests began.
March 2, 2011: Influential clerics, tribal leaders and members of Yemen’s opposition present a plan for a peaceful transition of presidential power. Saleh had pledged not to seek reelection in 2013. But some protesters demand that he step down immediately, and the opposition’s proposal marks an attempt to find a middle ground.
March 10, 2011: Saleh says by the end of this year a new constitution will transfer power from the president to a parliamentary system.
March 18, 2011: After a deadly attack on protesters that kills dozens, Yemeni authorities declare a nationwide state of emergency.
March 23, 2011: Yemen’s parliament enacts emergency laws after Saleh asks for new powers to quash a popular uprising demanding his ouster.
March 25, 2011: Saleh tells supporters he will cede power if he can leave the nation in “safe hands.” He makes the offer “the latest in a series of concessions” as tens of thousands of pro-government and opposition demonstrators stage dueling rallies in the capital and in other cities, each side backed by a faction of the divided armed forces.
June 3, 2011: During a rocket attack on his presidential palace compound, Saleh is wounded.
June 4, 2011: Saleh is flown to Saudi Arabia for medical treatment. He transfers power temporarily to Vice President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.
Sept. 23, 2011: Against the wishes of the United States and Persian Gulf states, Saleh returns to Yemen.
Sept. 29, 2011: Saleh says he will not step down as long as his key rivals remain in influential positions.
Nov. 23, 2011: Saleh signs a Gulf Cooperation Council-brokered agreement to step down, turning over power to his vice president.
Jan. 22, 2012: The U.S. Department of State approves Saleh’s request to travel to the United States for medical treatment.
Feb. 25, 2012: Former vice president Hadi is sworn in as Yemen’s president, ending Saleh’s 33-year rule.
Feb. 27, 2012: An Associated Press report says Saleh will seek exile in Ethiopia.
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