PM presents draft 2019 budget to parliament
Prime Minister Ma’een Abdulmalik presented to the parliament’s convened session in Sayoun on Sunday the draft 2019 state budget estimating the revenues from the government-held cities to amount to YR 1,466,307,000,000 mostly from oil, gas and taxes.
The budget also projects YR 2,447,503,000,000 expenditures including for provinces under the control of the Houthi militia.
Speaking about the economic challenges, the Prime Minister pointed out to the militia’s control of the state sovereign institutions in the capital Sana’a and the revenue-generating resources since their coup mounted in September 2014.
He also cited the militia’s extortionist policy that led to business collapses and the militia’s draining of the country’s foreign cash reserves of $5 billion in one year which eventually impacted the national currency causing a drastic loss in its value.
He also pointed to the militia’s years of crackdown and killing of oppositionists and bombing of their houses, the displacement of civilians in large numbers and the overall unprecedented humanitarian crisis by the militia’s relentless war.