02 Mar 2013 06:00
Yemen's former president Ali Abdullah Saleh has opened a museum dedicated to himself in a wing of the $60 million mosque named after the deposed leader. Saleh was forced from power in 2011 during the Arab Spring after Yemen was caught in the wave of protests which wracked the Middle East.
Most of the 2,000 or so items which are displayed in the museum were given to Saleh during his 33-year rule of the country including an antique weapon from President George Bush Snr. and a painting from former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Yet the center piece of the museum is a display of some of the items which Ali Abdullah Saleh was wearing when a there was an attempted assassination against him in 2011.
Mr. Al-Basha who has curated the museum and refers to Mr. Saleh as "Al-Zaeem" or "the leader" said that the inclusion of the singed trousers was for Yemen's youth who needed to know their country's history and that the former president was proud to display his burnt pants as a sign of his ongoing