Al-Eryani: Al-Houthi has plundered the public treasury and cash reserves

The Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Muammar Al-Eryani, said the Houthi terrorist militia is trying in vain to induce in mistake the Yemeni public in the practice of paying the salaries of state employees and retirees, despite its full responsibility for the failure and then stopping its spending, which began with its coup against the state, and plundering the public treasury and cash reserves, thereby disrupting all government steps and initiatives to redistribute them regularly.

He explained that the government has made the salary file of state employees and civilian pensioners among its priorities, especially in areas under the control of the Houthi militia, and has worked to find practical solutions in this regard, considering it a humanitarian and public priority. responsibility, and made great efforts in it, which clashed with the intransigence of the Houthi militia in more than one stage.

Al-Eryani stressed that in 2019 the government, in order to preserve the state cadres and the regularity of the work of vital structures, paid the salaries of more than 120,000 civil servants and civil servants in retirement in areas controlled by the Houthi militia, including the health sector and 50% of the educational staff. The government conducted discussions in that moment with the international community to allocate part of the humanitarian aid to a fund that bridges the gap, in particularly in the education sector.

He stressed that the Houthi militia imposed, in January 2020, a monetary split preventing the circulation of the currency issued by the main center of the Central Bank of Yemen in the temporary capital, Aden, which led to the interruption of the path of disbursing the salaries paid by the government in the militia control areas, after it continued to be traded regularly for a full year.

Al-Eryani added: On the contrary, the Houthi militia has doubled its tax, customs and zakat levies on citizens and the private sector, as well as profiting from the black market in petroleum derivatives, and only by way of For example, according to the expert panel’s report, the value of the tax and other revenue of the Houthis in 2019 was over $ 1.8 billion Independent estimates indicate that the sums raised by the militia during the year 2020 exceeded the $ 4 billion, amounts to several times the salaries of state employees and retirees in areas under its control.

Al-Eryani confirmed that since the beginning of the truce in April 2022, a doubling number of oil derivative vessels have arrived at the port of Hodeidah, their tax and customs revenues have exceeded (213) billion Yemeni riyals, looted by the Houthi militia and thwarted discussions to establish a mechanism for providing them to cover part of the salaries of civil servants and pensioners in its control areas.

He pointed out that the UN envoy presented a proposal that included paying the salaries of civilian state employees in areas under the control of the Houthi militia according to the 2014 lists. Instead of accepting the list, the Houthi militia rejected the proposal. and called for the 2014 budget to be paid, which includes the salaries of members of the military and security militias who have been replaced by state cadres.

Al-Eryani noted that the Houthi militia says that before the war oil revenues accounted for 70% of the budget and ignores that the revenues of this sector have decreased by 75% due to the war that has imposed and caused the departure of companies and foreign investments, and the suspension of production from vital sectors, the operations of exploration and exploration and the export of liquefied natural gas.

Al-Eryani stressed the government’s intention to address the practice in a practical framework according to controls that ensure the sustainability of wages and full treatment of revenues, including the ports of Hodeidah and tax revenues in the areas of Houthi, and that there should be a clear role for the international community to finance the wage deficit, guaranteeing at the same time the division of cash imposed by the militia.