By Jason Ditz
Workers fix an electricity cable damaged during recent clashes between police and tribesmen loyal to the tribal leader Sadiq al-Ahmar in Sanaa June 8, 2011.
Yemen erupted in celebration today over the news that long-time dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh had fled to Saudi Arabia for medical treatment. Salehâ€™s compound was attacked on Friday, and despite claims he only sustained â€œminorâ€ injuries he needed surgery.
For protesters this was the culmination of months of rallies demanding Salehâ€™s ouster and free elections. In the interim Major General Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi would be serving as president, but it seemed a big victory.
But the Saleh government certainly doesnâ€™t see things that way, and despite rushing Saleh to Saudi Arabia for surgery, they still see him as the head of state on little more than an unplanned vacation.
The protesters clearly donâ€™t want him back, and are promising to do everything they can to prevent his return. Still, the apparent ouster of Saleh isnâ€™t nearly so straightforward as it seems on the surface, and it is unclear if the situation will be resolved in any obvious manner soon.