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A soldier checks a car at the gate of the Central Bank of Yemen in Sana’a May 5, 2014. Reuters

Riyadh- Yemen’s Deputy Minister of Finance Dr. Mansour al-Butani confirmed that the legitimate government has paid the salaries of a number of the administrative staff in Sana’a and Taiz.

On the reasons why salaries of public employees have been delayed, Butani told Asharq Al-Awsat that the Houthi militias still refuse to supply the state’s revenues to the country’s central bank.

He said that the failure to supply these revenues raises additional questions about the fate of the money.

Butani said that the government will continue its efforts to deliver salaries to the employees in the public sector.

The salary crisis remains an issue of concern to the government amid concern among citizens about what the government will do as coup forces refuse to pay salaries.

The non-delivery of salaries resulted in a number of problems, most notably the worsening economic situation in Yemen, the fall of the Yemeni riyal and the refusal of employees to work in government departments, which caused problems that hampered development.

All these factors led to hampering efforts to reduce cholera epidemic, which spread in almost all of Yemen’s governorates in just two months.

The deaths of 1,784 people, a quarter of them are children, due to the epidemic were confirmed, accompanied by environmental problems as doctors, nurses, water engineers and cleaners stopped working.

On the other hand, the UN Security Council has called earlier on Houthi rebels to resume paying the salaries of public employees as the country approaches the brink of starvation.

Transferring the funds from the country’s treasury has led to the bankruptcy of the Central Bank, the decrease in the size of foreign exchange reserves and the inability to pay the salaries of the employees.

This required the issuance of the Yemeni government’s decision to move the bank’s headquarter from Sana’a to the temporary capital of Aden, which improved the financial condition of the bank.