Yemen's Saleh Says Saudi Offered Him 'Millions' to Fight Huthis

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Yemen's ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh said in an interview broadcast Friday he had rejected "millions of dollars" Saudi Arabia offered him if he stood up to the Shiite rebels.

"They told us 'we'll pay you millions of dollars if you ally with us'" against the Huthis, Saleh told the Beirut-based al-Mayadeen television channel, adding that he rejected the offer.

He accused the Sunni-ruled kingdom of seeking to sow "sedition" in his country, saying its "hatred" for the Huthis was "sectarian."

The former strongman, who ruled Yemen for three decades before being forced out after a year-long popular uprising, insisted: "I will not accept power for myself or my son" Ahmed, who led the elite Republican Guard troops during his rule. 

It is unclear where and when the interview took place.

Saudi-led coalition warplanes began an air campaign against the Huthis and forces allied to Saleh in Yemen on March 26. 

Saleh still heads Yemen's influential political party the General People's Congress, and many people among country's security forces remain loyal to him.

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Thumb Mystic 30 May 2015, 13:05

Saleh became a man of honor. The Saudis thought they could buy his loyalty like they did with so many others. They also tried to buy Gen. Aoun in 2006, he also tejected them and stood by the Resistance instead.