Yemen president sacks prime minister amid economic woes

Yemeni President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi on Monday fired Prime Minister Ahmed bin Dagher and ordered him to be investigated in connection to the country’s economic woes, the official Saba news agency reported.

His sacking was brought on because of the government’s “inability to take real measures to stop the economic deterioration in the country, especially the collapse of the currency,” Hadi said, in a statement published by Saba.

The riyal has lost more than two-thirds of its value against the dollar since 2015, when Saudi Arabia and its allies joined the government’s fight against Yemen’s Huthi rebels.

The economic downturn, along with a blockade on the rebel-held international airport and ports, has left Yemenis unable to afford food staples and bottled water.