Libya's HoR fails to approve 2021 budget for seventh session in a row

Libya's HoR fails to approve 2021 budget for seventh session in a row

July 13, 2021 - 19:10
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

The spokesman for the Libyan House of Representatives (HoR) Abdullah Blehiq said discussions about passing the 2021 budget bill were suspended on Tuesday until after Eid Al-Adha holiday - after July 24 - to get a full quorum for the voting.

Bliheq said some HoR members rejected the fact that the session lacked quorum for voting on the budget bill, referring the issue to the constitutional and legislative committee, which said there must be 120 members voting "yes" for the budget bill, yet at the Tuesday session, there were only 82 members and some of them rejected the budget, thus the process was delayed till after Eid Al-Adha.

Sources close to the HoR said several members, including Speaker Aqila Saleh, wanted to carry out a voting on the budget bill as the Tuesday session is a completion of Monday's, which saw a full quorum, yet spoilers, mostly Haftar's loyalists, rejected the voting and insisted the quorum be 120 members. 

The sources added that most of the members who didn't attend the HoR session Tuesday were with the approval of the budget but thought the Presidency of the HoR wasn't serious in passing it and that the spoilers would succeed in blocking the voting like they did the last six sessions.

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