On Sunday, the Prime Minister of the Interim Government, Abdullah Al-Thinni, held a meeting with heads of local councils in Benghazi. They discussed the fuel shortages, frequent power cuts, and other issues.
They also discussed the most prominent problems facing the city. This includes water and sanitation, paving public roads, and other infrastructure projects. The PM stressed his keenness to implement these projects as soon as possible. The meeting was attended by the Minister of Local Government, Dr. Adel Al-Zaidi, and a number of local councils’ heads.
Yesterday, Al-Thinni held a meeting with the heads of the oil and electricity sectors, to discuss the electricity and fuel supply problems. “The interest of the citizen is the main goal of the government,” he said. He also pointed out to the importance of overcoming any personal or political differences, to reach a real solution.
Al-Thinni also held a meeting with the Speaker of Parliament, Ageela Saleh, and the Governor of Benghazi, “We agreed to bring in four ships of oil and allocate the required financial amount for that,” he added. “It was agreed to form a parliamentary committee to follow up on the issue, but unfortunately these agreements have not yet been implemented on the ground,” Al-Thinni specified.
Al-Thinni pointed out that the reason for the electricity crisis is not a technical defect, but rather the lack of fuel for the power plants.
On 14 September, Al-Thinni submitted his resignation to Saleh, after large-scale demonstrations. Protesters took to the streets to express their anger on the consistent power cuts, fuel shortages, and high cost of living.