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According to a diplomatic source, Ali Abdullah Saleh, Yemen's former president, is set to leave the country temporarily. The move comes after pressure from Gulf states who feel his presence is complicating efforts to stabilize the country.
The source said it expected Saleh to leave Yemen next week, probably to the United Arab Emirates, to allow recently elected President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to rule unhindered. Russia has also expressed willingness to take in the former leader.
Saleh also recently agreed to relinquish his position as head of the General People's Congress party. The party is currently sharing power with opposition groups over a two-year transitional period in line with a Gulf-brokered plan to end a year of unrest that paralysed the impoverished state.