Yemen PM thanks Kingdom for saving economy

The Yemeni government announced its budget for 2018 after a three-year hiatus following the Houthi terrorist coup and the takeover of the capital Sanaa in September 2014. (Supplied)
Updated 21 January 2018
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Yemen PM thanks Kingdom for saving economy

ADEN: Yemen Prime Minister Ahmed Obaid bin Daghr thanked the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for saving the Yemeni economy from collapsing.
It followed a directive issued by King Salman to deposit $2 billion with the Central Bank of Yemen.
Ahmed Obaid bin Daghr said in his announcement of the government’s budget for the fiscal year 2018, that the Kingdom’s deposit saved the Yemeni economy from a complete collapse and restored the balance of the currency, Saudi state-run news agency SPA reported.
He added that the budget approved the salaries for military employees and civil servants of 12 provinces for the whole year. 
The Yemeni government announced its budget for 2018 after a three-year hiatus following the Houthi terrorist coup and the takeover of the capital Sanaa in September 2014.
Ahmed Obaid bin Daghr told a news conference in the interim capital of Aden on Sunday that the new budget was worth 987.2 billion riyals, and expenses were estimated at 1.465 trillion riyals and a financial deficit of 33 percent.
“The budget, by all standards, remains an austerity budget governed by the conditions of the coup against legitimacy,” Bin Daghr said.
He added that the Yemeni House of Representatives, would hold a meeting next month to approve the budget.


Tunisian police and protesters clash after death at police station

Policemen stand guard in Tunis. (AFP)
Updated 17 February 2019
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Tunisian police and protesters clash after death at police station

  • Tunisian activists say abuses by security forces have continued, albeit at a lower rate, since the 2011 revolution that overthrew the regime of President Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali

TUNIS: Police in Tunisia fired tear gas on Saturday to disperse demonstrators who protested after a young man died inside a police station near the coastal resort of Hammamet, witnesses said.
The young man was arrested on Friday after a fight between groups of youths in the town of Barraket Essahel, 60 km (37 miles) southeast of the capital Tunis, according to locals. While it was not immediately clear how he died, demonstrators blamed the security forces.
In a statement, the Interior Ministry said the young man had fainted after reaching the police station and died despite officers’ efforts to revive him. It said a judge had ordered an investigation.
Police in Barraket Essahel were not immediately available to comment.
Tunisian activists say abuses by security forces have continued, albeit at a lower rate, since the 2011 revolution that overthrew the regime of President Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali.