By Seraj Essul & Moutaz Ali.
Tripoli, 10 June, 2014:
The General National Congress was unable today to discuss the Supreme Court’s decision . . .[restrict]quashing its appointment of Ahmed Maetig as prime minister because there was no quorum. According to sources in Congress fewer than 90 members turned up, the minimum number required to hold a session being 101.
The session was supported to discuss the possibility of giving a confidence to the Abdullah Al-Thinni government or elect a new one. “Actually, it’s very hard to gather 120 member to agree on the same point,” Khoms Congressman Abdulmonem Al-Yaser told the Libya Herald. “The crisis still continues. The budget has to be approved – at least an emergency one, which can cover employees’ salaries and the service requirements,” he added.
Few observes believe that the budget issue will be dealt with this week.
Some members from the east of the country have said that they hope to be in Tripoli for next Sunday’s session, especially those who are backing Thinni to stay in office. Gemenis Congressman Abdullah Gmati told this newspaper that some from Benghazi would be going to Tripoli. However, it was not possible to contact many others to find out their intentions. An unusually large number of them have not been answering their phones. [/restrict]