Al-Gotrani says forming parallel government in east Libya is possible

Al-Gotrani says forming parallel government in east Libya is possible

October 11, 2021 - 19:37
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

The First Vice Prime Minister of the Libyan Government of National Unity (GNU), Hussein Al-Gotrani, has said that forming a parallel government in eastern Libya is a possible option that is being currently discussed.

Speaking to Libya Al-Ahrar TV on Sunday, Al-Gotrani said the statement issued on behalf Cyrenaica region came after massive pressure by the public in the eastern region after the suspension of funds to several public sector institutions and apparatuses.

He said he hadn't seen the bill of the 2021 budget and neither had most of the cabinet ministers because the Prime Minister, Abdul-Hamid Dbeibah, reviewed it only with certain people.

"Dbeibah hardly contacts me or picks up the phone to answer my calls regarding government work.” He said, indicating that the last communication between the PM and Haftar’s “General Command” was around last May.

Al-Gotrani indicated that there’s no need for Dbeibah to keep the minister of defense position, urging him to speak about the reasons why he hasn’t appointed a defense minister yet.

He also explained that there’s no justice in appointment of overseas companies and embassies regarding the regional quota system, on which the GNU was based.

"We know that there are some calls for blockading oil production, but I personally am against such calls.” Al-Gotrani added.

Meanwhile, the UN Support Mission (UNSMIL) called on Libyan parties to avoid escalation that could lead to instability and division in state institutions and eventually to halting the efforts to hold elections in December.