The Libyan Parliament-designated Deputy Prime Minister, Ali Faraj Al-Qatrani called for an agreement on the fair distribution of wealth and income.
Al-Qatrani said that the government welcomes the statements of the Commander-in-Chief of the Libyan National Army (LNA), Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar about the distribution of wealth.
Haftar called for “giving all Libyan regions what they deserve, achieving the greatest degree of equality in the distribution of wealth in a democratic society, and providing equal basic needs.”
“The issue has become important as a result of the monopoly of political and economic forces on resources. This has made cities, regions, and social classes marginalized politically and economically, who may be forced to express their will and interests outside the legal and societal framework.”
He urged lining up behind Haftar’s call to unite national efforts through a Libyan-Libyan dialogue.
“We renew our full support for forming a committee that will work to guarantee equal opportunities, and provide an adequate standard of living. It also guarantees the right to individual and private property and ensures the fair distribution of national wealth among citizens and between the different cities and regions of the country,” he concluded.
Haftar has spoken out against the widespread corruption in Libya, calling for immediate action to be taken against those responsible.
Haftar stated that the reports from the accounting and oversight bodies reveal shocking levels of corruption, while Libyans are becoming poorer and looting is becoming more blatant.
He added that the Central Bank of Libya (CBL) has wasted over $10 billion dollars on specific companies, while the southern region, which produces oil, has only received 2% and 6% of this $10 billion.
Haftar emphasized the need for a high-level committee to address the country’s financial arrangements, and he gave them until the end of August to complete their work.
He warned that if the committee fails to do so, the “Libyan people will be forced to demand their legitimate rights from the country’s oil wealth.”