President Mahdi al-Mashat announces structural reforms as seventh anniversary of September 21 Revolution approaches

President Mahdi al-Mashat announces structural reforms as seventh anniversary of September 21 Revolution approaches

President of Yemen Mahdi al-Mashat had affirmed that “independence and freedom from tutelage are the title of our Yemeni revolution, and we must continue to persevere it until victory.”

He explained, while chairing a meeting with the Government, that “responsibility requires us, in view of all the sacrifices made by the Yemeni people, to be more determined to achieve and produce in all fields.”

“On the occasion of the celebration of the 21 September Revolution, I call on all Ministers of the National Salvation Government to review their performance and evaluate their situation, to gauge success and to address the aspects of failures,” President al-Mashat said.

He made it clear that “all ministers must establish that we live in an exceptional situation. Let us work to come up with solutions and find alternatives, despite our wounds and all challenges,” he emphasised.

The president pointed out that “we have no choice but to continue the challenge, and ti work to reform, activate and purify state institutions, under the title of serving our citizens.”

He also stressed that “serving the citizens and alleviating their suffering must be a pillar for every official in the state, as a result of the arbitrary measures practiced by the Saudi-led aggression.”

“We are not waiting for relief from any external party, but we are counting on the efforts and the hands of our people, and in the forefront of this is the National Salvation Government” Mahdi al-Mashat said.

He added, “I see that pressures exerted on us by the US-Saudi aggression are the most successful means to produce and succeed, and to come out with successes and Yemeni works with distinction in all fields.”

He stressed that “political will exists for there to be a strong Yemeni state with distinction, over which there is no [foreign or external] sovereignty or guardianship.”

Mahdi al-Mashat proceeded by saying: “We are concerned with moving the wheel of reform with insight and awareness, to purify state institutions of traitors and corrupt people,” pointing out that corruption, disruption, lack of production, and disabilities all serve the Saudi-led aggression to an equal degree.

President al-Mashat directed, on the occasion of the celebration of the September 21 Revolution of 2014, to take down his presidential portraits from all state offices and institutions, and replace them with the calligraphy of the Qur’an verse known as Ayat Al-Kursi, a text that praises God as being incomparable to anything or anyone else.

He also directed state officials to adopt the Islamic calendar date in their transactions, and to start the educational schoolyear from the Islamic month of Muharram to the beginning of Ramadan each year instead of using the Gregorian calendar.

In conclusion of his speech, President Mahdi al-Mashat saluted all the members of the administrative apparatus, “who carry out their responsibilities despite the hardship and the scarcity of revenues, as well as the men of the army and security forces and the victories they achieve.”