Yemen’s outgoing president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, has postponed his planned visit to the U.S. for medical treatment, the state-run Saba news agency said.
Members of Saleh’s General People’s Congress party proposed the delay today because of fears it would lead to instability, Saba said. Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets Dec. 30 demanding that Saleh and his relatives be prosecuted for the killings of more than 1,140 people since an uprising against his government last January.
Saleh said Dec. 24 that he would leave for the U.S. and let an interim government prepare for an election to replace him. The president agreed to step down in November after returning from medical treatment in Saudi Arabia for treatment of wounds he sustained during an assassination attempt in June.
State Department spokesman Mark Toner said Dec. 27 that Saleh’s request to come to the U.S. was being considered and would only be granted if the visit is for medical treatment.