Yemen – Citizens doubt new ministers can improve security or services

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Location: Aden – Yemen

Language: Arabic

Duration: 00:02:56

Sound: natural

Source: A24 in Aden

Restrictions: A24 subscribers

Date: 31/07/ 2022

Storyline:

Yemenis response to the ministerial amendments issued by the Presidential Council is split between those who are hopeful that the new government would work to resolve issues of electricity and water, supply oil derivatives, pay salaries regularly and improve living conditions exacerbated by the economic crisis in the country, and those who are pessimistic and believe the economic situation will remain the same regardless.

Rashed Al-Alimi, President of the Presidential Leadership Council last Thursday, issued a decree of a limited cabinet reshuffle, which included the Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Oil and Minerals, Ministry of Electricity and Energy and Ministry of Public Works and Highways. Minister of Defense, Muhammad al-Maqdashi, who had kept his position as the head of the army since 2018 was except from the reschuffle, and Muhsin Muhammad al-Daari was appointed as his successor.

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Soundbite (Faisal Naji):

“Nothing has changed, there is no electricity, no water, salaries are not given regularly. People are tired of the poor living conditions. We hope the new government will improve the situation. The issue with the electricity is very bad, it goes on for two hours and then there is a power cut for four hours.”

Soundbite (Um Muhammad):

“We hope that the Presidential Leadership Council will improve the situation in the country, provide salaries, resolve electricity issues and supply oil. Although salaries increased, people still cannot afford daily necessities because the currency value of riyal took a sharp dive. We hope the living conditions in Aden improve.”

Soundbite (Rafik Ahmed):

“We hope that the new government will provide salaries, resolve issues with water and electricity. We hope the new government will be competent and capable of producing good results.”

Soundbite (Zayed Ahmed):

“We hope the new government will provide salaries, resolve electricity issues, and supply oil derivatives. People need electricity, and employees want their salaries so we are not forced to do heavy labor.”

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