This analysis was published in The Kuwait Times on 08/06/2011
Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh's departure to have his wounds treated in Saudi Arabia offers Yemen a precious chance to halt a slide into civil war and achieve a peaceful transition of power. Much could go wrong. Young protesters eager to add Saleh to the list of toppled Arab autocrats have greeted his exit with euphoria, but they fear a come-back by the wily leader, who was wounded along with other senior officials in an attack on his palace on Friday. Vice-President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, now Yemen's acting leader, was quoted by the state news agency Saba on Monday as saying Saleh was recovering and would return within days.