Houthis Sack 800 Sanaa University Employees, Professors

Monday, 19 November, 2018 - 09:15
Sanaa - Asharq Al-Awsat

The Houthi militias’ self-tailored authorities ordered the isolation and dismissal of some 800 university employees and professors, Sanaa University sources said.

All those thrown out were deprived of monetary reparation.

“Houthis have chosen to disburse salaries for their loyalist civil servants, but chose to skip and fire 800 Sanaa University employees, alongside thousands in different state institutions,” well-informed sources told Asharq Al-Awsat.

Most employees shunned by the Houthi service payments belong to the General People’s Congress (GPC), a coup ally currently being singled out by the Iran-backed militias.

GPC-Houthi relations turned sour after Houthis murdered GPC leader and former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh. The killing was a response to Saleh severing of his alliance with the militants and rapprochement with the Saudi-led Arab coalition and legitimate government of President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi.

Houthi putschists, after capturing Sanaa in 2014, have established a self-styled government excluding all Aden-based government sympathizers or reconciliation seekers. They have led a fierce purge, laying off many employees and introducing Iran-aligned figures to key job posts.

In light of Houthi control of Sanaa, Aden is currently serving as the interim capital for the Hadi’s internationally-recognized government.

The legitimate government accused the Iran-linked group of writing off more than 30,000 civil servants in Sanaa without government authorization and replacing them with Houthi conspirators, clearly tampering with the structures of state institutions.

Most high-ranking positions in the coup-established Sanaa public institutions are exclusively assigned to people sharing close ties with top Houthi leaders.

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