Presidential Council: Libya Tops Global Corruption Lists

Deputy Head of the Libyan Presidential Council, Mousa Al-Koni
Deputy Head of the Libyan Presidential Council, Mousa Al-Koni

Deputy Head of the Libyan Presidential Council, Mousa Al-Koni said that Libya “has become at the top of the lists of corruption in the world.”

During his participation in a conference on combating corruption, held in Tripoli, Al-Koni said that “the wars that took place in the capital were targeting to control decision-making power and money, for personal benefits. In Libya, corruption is a real crisis, which is contrary to the morals of the Libyan people,” Al-Koni said.

He claimed that “some countries are trying to plunder Libya’s wealth,” without mentioning the names of those countries.

Al-Koni noted that “the regulatory bodies have the experience and ability to follow up and limit that corruption.” He also referred to the Attorney General’s Office’s efforts to investigate several cases of financial and administrative corruption. As well as praising the Audit Bureau’s recently issued report, which monitored violations in government institutions.

The Deputy urged the regulatory authorities to “work to reduce all forms of corruption, to preserve public money, in order to move towards development and reconstruction.”

In September, the Libyan Audit Bureau issued its annual report for the year 2021. It monitored wholesale violations of the Government of National Unity (GNU) and its affiliates, the Central Bank of Libya (CBL), and the National Oil Corporation (NOC).

The report, which came in 18 chapters, monitored the financial situation of the country, after reviewing and evaluating the performance of the various sectors.

Among the violations of the GNU, sums of money were used for emergency expenses not related to the nature of the account, such as booking travel tickets and hotel accommodation.

The Cabinet Office spent 12 million dinars on watches as gifts for the guests of the PM, and maintenance and cleaning expenses for his hotel suite, which amounted to LYD 1.6 million per month.

The government also committed violations in the procedures for contracting development projects, such as the direct assignment of development projects, as an alternative to public tenders. This is a deviation from the principles of integrity and transparency, and in violation of the organizing regulations and legislation.

The entities to which the government received funds for development projects evaded review, in violation of the law. A review of the amounts allocated to development projects revealed about LYD 20 billion representing contractual commitments that have no financial coverage.
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