By Babak Dehghanpisheh
Armed tribesmen last week stared into a destroyed house of the Ahmar family, which opposes President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s teetering regime in Sana. Photo credit: Ahmad Gharabli / AFP-Getty Images
Yemen’s president of more than three decades is badly wounded. Is a billionaire about to take his seat?
In an interview with Newsweek, Ahmar, who’s fond of wearing traditional robes with a large jambiya dagger strapped to his belt, denied any involvement in the attack on the president. But he was openly critical of the president in his comments. “If President Saleh leaves the political scene, Yemen will be safe,” he said. “Saleh was behind all the killings of innocent protesters nationwide.”
-This commentary was published in The Daily Beast on 11/06/2011
-Babak Dehghanpisheh is Newsweek's Beirut bureau chief. He's been covering the Middle East for Newsweek since 2001.