By Nasser Arrabyee/06/04/2010
The Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh launched Tuesday a strong attack on an exiled secessionist leader describing him as a traitor and agent.
"There is no agent who can become a leader, and whoever was a leader and sold his nation and left it, it is impossible for him to return and rule," Saleh said in an obvious reference to the Yemeni secessionist leader Ali Salem Al Baidh who calls from his exile in Germany for separation of the south which united with the north on May 22, 1990.
Al Baidh was the second man after Saleh in the unified Yemen until 1994 when he left for Oman after he failed to secede the south by force.
He kept silent until May 22, 2009, when declared from Germany he would lead the secessionists in south Yemen to restore the State of the south.
In a speech delivered to gathering of politicians and clerics in Hudhrmout province east of Yemen, Saleh ordered the release of all the province's detainees including two journalists who were arrested for secession activities.
The step was highly welcomed by the local opposition leaders who attended the gathering. Saleh opened Tuesday in Hudhrmout development projects in Hudrmout including electric energy station, and cement factory.