Libyan MP: Parliament-Designated Government Raises Suspicion

Libyan Member of Parliament (MP), Misbah Douma
Libyan Member of Parliament (MP), Misbah Douma

Libyan Member of Parliament (MP), Misbah Douma, said that the Parliament-designated government needs to be reconsidered.

In a tweet, Douma said, “The Parliament-designated government needs to reconsider not submitting the final account of the funds allocated to it from the 2022 budget. This raises suspicions of corruption and unfair distribution of expenditures.”

The Libyan MP added, “There is a large parliamentary current within the House of Representatives (HoR) that is pressing not to spend any money on it until it appears before the HoR.”

The Bashagha government was subjected to major criticism, a year after it was appointed by Parliament. The Prime Minister has failed to enter the capital, Tripoli, to take power from the Government of National Unity (GNU) led by his rival Prime Minister Abdelhamid Dbaiba.

In June 2022, the Parliament approved a budget of 89 billion dinars ($18 billion dollars) for the Bashagha government, but it faced a financial dilemma, due to the refusal of the Central Bank of Libya (CBL), based in Tripoli, to liquidate this amount.

Bashagha’s administration proposed a draft general budget for the year 2023, estimated at 57.5 billion dinars. The Parliament refused to ratify the budget and demanded that it be amended.

In February, the Spokesperson for the Libyan Parliament, Abdullah Blaiheg, ruled out holding general elections in the country given the presence of two competing governments.

He stated that the members of the future government should not participate in the elections, in accordance with the constitutional declaration. He also called for a unified government in the country to hold the elections.

The Spokesperson added that the future government must gain confidence from the Libyan Parliament.

Blaiheg noted that “Dbaiba’s government has evaded its agreed-upon duties. The future government must not follow the approach of the outgoing government.”