AL-WAHDAWI: Sanaa weekly, 21-4-98. [Archives:1998/17/Press Review]

April 27 1998

(Nasserite Unionist Party)  Main Headline:
1- In addition to border skirmishes, Saudi Arabia steps up its propaganda campaign to increase the pressure on the Yemeni government and influence the border talks.
2- Prime Minister Faraj Bin Ghanim refuses to return to Yemen unless his conditions are met, including the start of the 3rd “dose” of economic reform.
3- Britain expresses its deep concern over kidnapped British Council teacher and his family.

Article Summary:
Significant Numbers
* The total over-expenditure of aid funds provided by the Presidential Office during 1996 was YR 2,398,242,650. This figure doe not include handouts given according to presidential orders, and are deducted from the financial allocations of public bodies. Where does all this money go?
* A total of YR 1,844,495,155 was paid as salaries to security staff in 1996. How many people work for the security apparatus? What is the average salary there?!
* YR 800,649 is the total value of salaries paid to staff at the Central Scientific Research Establishment during 1996. No comment.