With Saleh in Saudi Arabia, uncertainty clouds Yemen’s future

June 7, 2011

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Protests in Yemen have continued for months.

Four months of peaceful protests against President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s government have become violent on both sides, and over 160 people have died. After President Saleh was injured and fled to Saudi Arabia, many thought it was time to turn the page, but now Yemen’s political future is unclear.

In Saleh’s absence, opposition groups are setting up a transitional government, and clashes continue to kill dozens in provinces outside of Sana’a. At the same time, new reports have Saleh more injured than previously reported. Clive Jones, chair of Middle East studies at the University of Leeds and co-editor of the journal Civil Wars, discusses the uncertainty in Yemen.