The Libyan Parliament-designated Prime Minister, Fathi Bashagha sent the Parliament Speaker, Ageela Saleh the 2023 general budget for his government. It amounted to 57 billion and 531 million dinars.
Bashagha tasked Saleh with reviewing the draft budget, and submitting it to Parliament for approval.
He had received the draft budget from the Minister of Planning and Finance, Osama Saad Hammad, in preparation for referring it to the Parliament for approval.
In his letter, Hammad clarified that this “procedure is based on the provisions of the state’s financial system law and the budget, accounts, and stores regulations.”
During a session held in Sirte, in mid-June, the Parliament unanimously approved Bashagha’s general budget for 2022, with a value of 89,689,376,000 Libyan dinars.
Notably, Bashagha promised the elders, notables, and members of the Al-Kufra Municipal Council to provide the necessary support to the municipality and all regions of the south.
In his speech, Bashagha stated that his government “represents Libyan legitimacy, rather than international legitimacy represented by the Government of National Unity (GNU).”
He stressed his pride in the city of Al-Kufra, as it “represents a symbol of jihad, fusion, and national integration. It is a great historical symbol of the Italian aggression and occupation.”
Bashagha confirmed the city’s importance, and the southwestern region for all Libyans, especially in terms of national security. He emphasised the necessity of distinguishing them, “because they are the cities of frontiers, recesses of revolutions, and difficult nature.”
As well as noting the importance of encouraging Libyans to invest and settle there, by “providing services and finding solutions to the bottlenecks that the residents of these areas suffer from.”