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Yemen’s President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi sits during a meeting with government officials in the country’s southern port city of Aden, December 1, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

Jeddah – The Yemeni government approved issuance of one out of four late salaries to public sector employees, including those in occupied areas and the capital Sana’a under Houthis and Saleh’s control.

The government referred to the employees registered in the legitimate government’s registrar until December 2014. This means the government excluded all the servants listed by Houthis two years ago.

Press Secretary of Prime Minister Ghamdan al-Sharif told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that the government is responsible for paying salaries of all public servants including those in areas under the control of Houthi rebels.

“The government is responsible for everything related to the Yemeni citizens all over the country, and this includes financial rights,” said Sharif.

Sharif confirmed that proceedings to cash December’s salaries are underway, adding that specialized committees began making the December payments for military personnel.

He pointed out that late wages will be salaried according to a mechanism to be specified later.

Houthis are to be blamed for any tardiness due to their lack of cooperation in submitting the required records of employees to the government, according to the PM Secretary.

Meanwhile, faculty members of Sana’a University called for a strike until they receive all their late dues.

Prime Minister Ahmed Obeid bin Daghr held a meeting at Maashiq Palace in Aden to finalize salaries’ encashing with a number of officials from Ministries of Finance, Communications and Information Technology, Central Bank, and the General Authority for Post.

The meeting was also attended by deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Interior General Hussein Arab and Secretary General of the Cabinet Hussein Mansour. They discussed the arrangements to pay salaries to all civil servants in public institutions in Sana’a and other districts, even those under Houthi control.

The PM said that President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi gave his directives mandating Ministries of Finance and Civil Service to immediately pay salaries for all employees.

Bin Daghr held officials in governorates under Houthi control the responsibility of the delay, even though the cabinet is aware there are no significant difficulties.