Yemen's ousted leader blasts Arab Spring revolts

AP , Sunday 22 Apr 2012

Yemen's deposed leader says Arab Spring revolts that swept region last year brought 'destruction' to nations in which they took place

Former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh (Photo: AFP)

Ali Abdullah Saleh say Yemen's own yearlong revolt cost billions of dollars in lost revenues. Saleh also criticized what he said was "biased" implementation of the power-transfer deal that saw him step down in February, and said it could ignite a new crisis.

This was an apparent response to new President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi's moves to purge the security forces of the ex-leader's loyalists.

Saleh's Saturday night comments came in an address to university graduates and were reported by aides who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.

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