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Are ministers given excessive sums of money for travel?

National Yemen

Minister Hassan Ahmed Sharaf Addien

By NY Staff

Minister Hassan Ahmed Sharaf Addien returned YR 767 thousand out of a budget of YR 1 million that he was provided with to investigate the violence that shook southern provinces starting on 21 February, raising questions about the sums of money given to ministers for travel inside or outside of Yemen.

The minister returned the money, accompanied with receipts, saying his visit only cost YR 232 thousand. Critics say YR 1 million is an excessive sum for a three-day visit, especially when one considers the economic difficulties Yemen is experiencing.