AL-MOUKALLA: The Yemeni parliament has publicly condemned the government’s decision to raise the prices of fuel and utilities, as well as other sources of revenue. This is not the first time that the government has opposed government policies.
The executive power of the parliament states that the government’s decision to increase the prices of fuel, water and electricity services does not take into account the miserable living conditions of the citizens and the worsening economic situation.
The authorities require the government to reconsider its decisions and find other means to generate income without harming the population.
“These decisions do not take into account the living conditions of citizens and do not provide alternatives for military personnel, officials and low-income persons”, the deputies note in a press release.
Under the leadership of the Prime Minister of Yemen, Main Abdelmalik Saeed, the Supreme Economic Council approved an increase in customs duties for non-essential products (50%), an increase in the price of fuel (100%), the price of domestic gas (50%), as well as electricity and water charges in government-controlled areas. gradually increasing.
The Council further believes that these measures aim to stabilize the value of the Yemeni Rial (YER), strengthen the economy and reduce poverty.
High-ranking officials, including MPs, human rights defenders and the general public, accuse the government of worsening the humanitarian situation in the country.
in an interview Arabic News Last Sunday, the deputy speaker of the parliament, Mohsen BaSorah, announced that the Yemeni government must fight corruption, limit the spending of ministers, and increase salaries and pensions before implementing the economic measures it has just taken.
“The government has the right to make decisions aimed at increasing revenues. However, these decisions must be reasonable to protect the interests of the population,” says Mohsen BaSorah.
For the latter, the government should promote oil exploration, collect state revenues in the provinces, eliminate illegal currency exchange offices accused of devaluing the national currency, and regularly pay the salaries of ministerial staff and civil servants working in the sector.
“The government has a duty to eliminate the sources of corruption, reduce its costs, including increasing salaries, benefits and pensions, which were last reviewed in July 2005,” Mr. BaSorah continues.
Yemenis report that the minimum monthly pension has been reduced to $25, compared to $100 ($1 = 0.92 euros) in 2005.
For their part, university professors say that their monthly salaries were $1,000 ten years ago, but now they are $250.
“Salaries of citizens and soldiers are paid irregularly, while civil servants’ salaries are paid in two currencies every month,” said BaSorah angrily.
Yemeni ministers refused to respond to requests for commentArabic News.
Indeed, strikes by Houthi militias on oil facilities in Hadramout and Chabwa have halted Yemen’s main source of revenue, oil exports. The government warned last month that it was at risk of not paying civil servants living in areas it controls.
Gasoline prices have risen earlier, increasing the cost of goods and transportation. This situation led to violent protests in government-controlled areas.
The economic measures taken by the government made Yemeni journalists, including the editor of the news site Fatehi bin Lazreq, to do so. Aden al-Ghadusing the courts to force the government to reconsider its position.
The journalist announced this on Sunday Arabic News He said that he has filed a complaint against the Yemeni government to the Aden court. According to him, Yemenis cannot tolerate new economic measures.
“Yemen is experiencing a miserable economic situation. The increase in the customs dollar exchange rate from YER 500 (or $2) to YER 750 will exacerbate the problems,” says Mr. Ben Lazreg.
The latter calls on the government to find sources of funding other than the coalition or the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to restore legitimacy in Yemen. He urged him to reduce his expenses and the number of diplomatic missions.
“We took legal measures against the prime minister and the Economic Council headed by Hossam al-Sharjabi. We condemn their illegal decision to raise the prices of fuel, gas, electricity and customs,” said Mr. Ben Lazreg, who appealed to the specialized administrative court of Aden.
This text is a translation of an article published on Arabnews.com