By Libya Herald reporter.
Tunis, 3 June 2015:
The Audit Bureau has cancelled all decisions by the Abdullah Thinni government to allocate money from . . .[restrict]the 2015 budget that are not approved by the House of Representatives (HoR).
The announcement by the Audit Bureau today (based in eastern Libya as opposed to the Audit Bureau based in Tripoli) included the cancellation of the government decision to allocate a budget for its newly formed External/Foreign Media Authority.
The decision by the Audit Bureau will come as a rebuff to the Prime Minister who only on Sunday during his press conference had announced that he considered that emergency or crises spending for urgent and pressing matters would not require prior, and slow, Audit Bureau clearance.
The announcement today by the Audit Bureau shows the continuing tension between the Libyan executive (the Thinni government) on the one hand, and the legislature (HoR) and its oversight body (Audit Bureau) on the other.
While the government is concerned with meeting the needs and demands of the people, the legislature and the oversight body are concerned with accountability at a time of weak institutions and poor finances.
The tension also displays the continuing grey areas and tug-of-war as to where the lines of separation of powers lie between the nascent democratic bodies. [/restrict]