In a decision considered irresponsible by observers, the Yemeni government raised the prices of oil derivatives, domestic gas, and customs tariffs by more than 30%, amid accusations that the government turned a blind eye to outstanding corruption files of its own that would contribute to economic reforms.
An informed government source told Khabar Agency that the government intends to approve the bill in the coming hours.
The government bill comes about 48 hours after the owners of private gas stations in Aden raised the price of a 20-liter cylinder to YR13,000, instead of 11,000.
Local sources told Khabar Agency that the increase in the pricing of oil derivatives, domestic gas, and customs tariffs will have a severe impact, in light of the continued rise in goods and services in addition the deterioration of the value of government salaries and basic services.
In the context, observers told Khabar Agency, that the government bill was shocking and completely contradicts the statements of the past hours of the Presidential Leadership Council and the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, in which they confirmed that the latter had taken measures regarding economic reforms and the continuity of paying employees' salaries.
It is noticeable that the government's reforms are now directly targeting the simple citizen who has suffered rises and obligations for about eight years in succession, which is not considered a radical solution. They said.
Millions of Yemenis are heading towards an unknown future fraught with more suffering. They added.
Since the beginning of the war in 2015, the prices of commodities and foodstuffs have increased by more than 500 percent, specifically wheat, sugar, rice and oil, while the increase has exceeded 800 percent in legumes, meat, eggs, oil derivatives and household gas.