By Libya Herald reporter.
Tunis, 6 April 2015:
”A request has been made to the Libyan Parliament (House of Representatives-HoR) for an emergency budget . . .[restrict]so that we can address the crises and problems and bottlenecks that occur in order to find solutions for them’’, revealed Prime Minister Abdullah Thinni in a rare and lengthy press conference in Al Beida Saturday.
‘‘The value of the requested emergency budget was about eight billion Libyan dinars, but the HoR has not agree to allocate this budget despite the fact that we are at a critical stage and the country is suffering from many crises’’, he complained.
‘’When crisis committees come to the government demanding it provide funds (as if it were operating) according to an ordinary and conventional budget…but the truth is that until this moment the normal budget has not been made available to the Libyan Government’’, he added.
‘’All that has been made available to the government has been loans from commercial banks. Since the beginning of the formation of the government and until this moment what has been transferred to the government is an estimated LD 750 million, despite the existing problems and crises’’,
‘‘We suffer from bureaucracy within ordinary laws in normal conditions. And in normal conditions there is for the Audit Bureau and the Administrative Control Authority a set of bureaucratic procedures’’.
‘‘They still deal with us as if we were in a normal situation when it comes to the stopping of letters, and transactions. Meanwhile, the government fails to meet the requirement of a region suffering from certain catastrophes as happened in Wershafana which is a crises region which forces us to spend from the emergency budget’’, Thinni explained.
‘’And now in the South and what is happening in Benghazi and in most Libyan cities. And so the government is constrained by the regulations and red tape despite the fact that it finds itself in conditions that are supposedly exceptional circumstances’’, Thinni explained to the Libyan public wondering why his government is not doing more. [/restrict]