By Ahmed Elumami.
Tripoli, 20 August 2013:
Congress is happy with the government’s performance and has no intention of replacing it, Congress spokesman . . .[restrict]Omar Hemidan said this evening. He was speaking after Prime Minister Ali Zeidan had addressed Congress today on the latest developments in the country.
Zeidan told members that security and illegal sales of oil were the most urgent issues facing Libya at present. The problems, he said, were because of the general instability of the country, the resignations of ministers of interior and defence, the spread of weapons and the lack of national dialogue.
Commenting afterwards, Hemidan said that although a small number of Congress members had called for the government to be removed, the majority view was that Zeidan had ably defended his government’s record and refuted claims that he was acting as a dictator. Congress believed that the government was operating harmoniously and, overall, was happy with its performance.
Tripoli Justice and Construction Party (J&C) Congressman Nizar Kawan said that the proceedings has been open and transparent and that despite the critical situation there was no anger in the Libyan street. Zeidan was trying to do his best in a difficult situation, Kawan added.
Not everyone was happy. “Ali Zeidan’s explanation of the security situation was unclear and some of his words unconvincing,” Sirte J&C Congresswoman Amna Emtair, told the Libya Herald.
The current situation in Libya required vigilance and toughness, Emtair said. The Prime Minister had to be much more forceful and clear in his decisions and in following up the work of his government.