Yemen’s President Blasts Army for Rampant Corruption
Yemen's head of state has blasted the armed forces for rampant corruption and said the government was taking steps to restructure the military.
"The stealing of land and the terrorizing of citizens cannot be met by silence...No one should wear the military uniform except those capable of carrying out their duty," President Ali Abdullah Saleh told graduates at a military ceremony.
Saleh, whose comments were broadcast on state television, said some Yemenis had enlisted in the army to break the law under the cover of their uniforms. He said a decision earlier this month to scrap compulsory military service was taken partly to combat corruption in the army.
Previously, all Yemeni men above 18 could be exempted from the one-year service after paying the equivalent of $300. "The (military service) law was abolished after some people, whether in consulates abroad or local draft offices, used the law as a source of bribes to cheat citizens," Saleh said.
He said the law had been scrapped as part of steps to restructure the armed forces to cope with national and regional changes after Yemen's unification and the resolution of outstanding border disputes with neighboring countries – ADEN (Reuters)
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