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A Houthi fighter stands atop an armored vehicle, which was seized from the army during recent clashes, outside the house of Yemen’s President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi in Sanaa January 21, 2015. REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi

Aden – Yemeni legitimate forces’ leaders called on the government on Sunday to stop dealing with the country’s central bank, which they said was controlled by the Houthi militias.

The leaders said that the main challenges facing them in Aden province were severe shortage in electricity and the need to enhance health and water infrastructures, as well as establishing stability and security.

The Yemeni leaders also called on the implementation of the President’s decision to merge the popular resistance with the legitimate army.

The Yemeni government stated that the Houthis’ control over the country’s central bank has led to severe economic regression. It also said it would not sell oil and gas for the benefit of the central bank and the occupied capital, where Houthis are fighting the Yemeni people.

Yemeni Prime Minister Ahmed bin Dagher said that the government does not take full responsibility for the destruction the country is suffering from after long years of bad management and economic corruption.

He also criticized international organizations for insisting on supplying the state resources to the central bank which is controlled by insurgents.

Sources at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) revealed that IMF officials continue to deal with Yemeni Central Bank under Houthis’ control, despite Resolution 2216 that called the insurgents to hand over the state to the legitimate government.

Sources told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that since the Central Bank was still functioning, IMF could not cut deals with it.

Meanwhile, police sources said on Sunday that a car bomb has been dismantled in the southern area of Aden.

The sources told Asharq al-Awsat newspaper that the bomb was placed inside the car of the area’s resistance leader Malek Harhara. The car was parked in a popular market area inside the city, they added.