Yemen’s vice president assumed executive authorities. President Ali Abdullah Saleh transferred authority to his deputy, Abdul Rab Mansour al Hadi, and flew to Saudi Arabia for medical treatment. Hadi is a weak political figure and unlikely to be able to maintain control of the country. Saleh’s relatives remain in control of the military.
Violence continues in Sana’a and Taiz. A grenade explosion at a facility used by defected General Ali Mohsen al Ahmar killed at least two people in Sana’a. Gunmen attacked a presidential palace in Taiz, killing four soldiers.
Fighting broke out in Aden, the former capital of south Yemen. Anti-government militants attacked a military checkpoint.
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