Ali Abdullah Saleh, Yemen's president, is in Saudi Arabia receiving medical treatment. He flew there on Saturday night following an attack on his presidential palace in which other senior members of his government were also injured.
Saleh's departure has opened up the opportunity to resolve Yemen's ongoing political crisis, but who will fill the political vacuum should Saleh not return?
Inside Story, with presenter Felicity Barr, discusses with guests: Hassn al-Haifi, a political commentator and columnist; Adulrahman Bafadel, the head of the Joint Coalition of Opposition Parties in the Yemeni parliament; and Hussein Shobokshi, a columnist for Asharq Alawsat newspaper.
This episode of Inside Story aired on Sunday, June 5, 2011.