SANAA, Yemen (AP) - Yemen's outgoing president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, says he will travel to the United States in the coming days to "calm the atmosphere" in his homeland.

In his comments to journalists Saturday, Saleh does not specify when he would leave. Officials say he had been expected to leave soon after he signed a deal in late November in which he handed over his powers to his vice president and committed to step down.

Since then, the vice president has set up a national unity government planning new presidential elections in February. But opponents accuse Saleh of using loyalists still in their positions to wield influence behind the scenes.

His comments come after forces commanded by his son and nephew opened fire on more than 100,000 protesters, killing at least 8.