July 7th, 2011
01:55 PM ET

Yemen President makes first appearance since bomb attack

President Ali Abdullah Saleh has appeared on Yemen state television for the first time since he was badly hurt in a bomb attack on the Presidential palace June 3rd.

Speaking from Riyadh in Saudi Arabia, where he has been receiving medical treatment for burns and shrapnel wounds, Saleh said he had undergone "more than eight successful surgeries, treating burns resulted from the accident."

Saleh had burns to his face and bandaged arms and hands in the recorded interview.

He said he appreciated the way the people of Yemen had faced the challenge posed by the elements of the terrorism.

Criticizing some opposition forces in Yemen, President Saleh said: "Many people misunderstood democracy by conducting wrongful acts, like cutting the roads, cutting oil and gas pipelines and disturbing the security situation, and they are demanding the right of participation in power."

President Saleh said that he welcomed power sharing as long as it was within the country's constitutional framework and within the framework of the law. All political forces had to act responsibly, he said.

He gave no indication of when or if he would return to Yemen. Western diplomats in the region have said that Saleh is "politically dead" and unlikely to return anytime soon, if at all.

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