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What's Ahead for Yemen Now That Saleh's Gone?

Dec 5, 2017 | 09:00 GMT
Former president of Yemen, Ali Abdullah Saleh, delivers a speech to his supporters in the capital city of Sanaa on Aug. 24, 2017.

Former president of Yemen, Ali Abdullah Saleh, delivers a speech to his supporters in the capital city of Sanaa on Aug. 24, 2017. Saleh's assassination on Dec. 4 will forever alter the course of Yemen's civil war.

(MOHAMMED HUWAIS/AFP/Getty Images)

An era in Yemeni history ended Dec. 4 with the assassination of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who had ruled Yemen officially and unofficially for 39 years. It was a task he likened to "dancing on the heads of snakes" -- an apt description considering that members of the Houthi rebel group, which had a temporary alliance with Saleh until recently, are accused of killing him as he tried to escape the city of Sanaa. Personal feelings for the leader aside, it is hard to imagine a Yemen without Saleh. The man drove politics and conflict in the country for close to four decades, and his death will forever alter the course of Yemen's civil war....

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