Libyan Parliament Demands Salary Payment for Army

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The Libyan Parliaments’ Interior Committee denounced the steps taken by Prime Minister, Abdel-Hamid Dbaiba, to stop the salaries of Internal Security Service (ISS) employees in the eastern region.

In a statement, the committee affirmed that “this matter is part of a systematic policy to demolish the specialized security services and starve their employees and their families, especially during the holy month of Ramadan.”

The statement added that the PM has deliberately stopped disbursing salaries since January. The Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance, and the Administrative Control Authority were also addressed in this regard.

It denounced the “deliberate failure to spend any budget on the apparatus in the eastern region, since Dbaiba took over the government duties in 2021. In return, the government spent more than 60 million Libyan dinars to head the parallel apparatus in Tripoli, which is controlled by a militia.”

The committee held the PM, “legally responsible for starving more than 5,000 Libyan families.”

In a related context, the General Syndicate of Libyan Doctors (LGMC) threatened to resort to a strike if the Government of National Unity (GNU) failed to increase salaries, or disburse the overdue salaries of doctors.

The Syndicate said that it would like to “remind the GNU Prime Minister, Abdel-Hamid Dbaiba of the meetings that took place with him.” The PM reportedly promised to increase the salaries of healthcare sector workers, and to designate those who passed away while working as “martyrs of duty.”

In its demands, the LGMC relied on the letter by Dbaiba to the Minister of Finance regarding the approval of 200 million dinars, to the Ministry of Health. This would come from the Health Insurance Fund, to cover the overdue salaries of workers in isolation centers.

“Salaries have not yet increased, and we are afraid that the Prime Minister is trying to deceive us into being silent about demanding our rights,” the Syndicate said in a statement.

“We would like to draw your attention to all the medical, auxiliary, and administrative elements in the various health facilities and isolation centers. They are very upset, angry, and dissatisfied with the performance of the government and the policy of double standards,” the statement added.