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Yemeni president returns after medical treatment

WASHINGTON - Yemen's outgoing president has returned to his home country after receiving medical treatment in the U.S.

The Yemeni Embassy in Washington says Ali Abdullah Saleh arrived in Yemen late Friday.

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Saleh, Yemen's longtime autocratic leader, spent about three weeks in the U.S. receiving treatment for injuries he suffered during a June rocket attack on his compound. U.S. officials also believed Saleh's absence could ease a political transition in Yemen, a key U.S. counterterrorism partner.

Yemenis cast votes this week in a single-candidate contest to install a new leader. Yemeni officials have said Saleh planned to attend a transfer of power ceremony.

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