Prime Minister of the Government of National Unity (GNU), Abdel Hamid Dbeibah clarified on Friday, many issues, regarding the formation of his government, what it presented in confronting the Coronavirus pandemic, its plan to revive development projects, and the difficulties it faces in light of the lack of adoption of the budget.
Dbeibah said in a speech, that his government is a government of "quotas," and the House of Representatives (HoR) pushed for its formation in this manner.
PM Dbeibah indicated that without the full support of HoR, it is not possible to continue developing the country, adding that development has not been allocated funds for years, explaining that “the budget did not exceed what was spent during the past five years, but when we presented a unified budget to address the problems, it was suspended by the HoR”.
He also stressed that the HoR obstructed the government continuously, clearly, and intentionally, and the reasons for the obstruction are all false and incorrect, as he put it.
The Prime Minister addressed the government's efforts to confront the Coronavirus pandemic, explaining that one million citizens had received the vaccine, and there are more than three million doses currently available, explaining that oxygen shortage crisis has been addressed in isolation centers, in addition to providing laboratories and vaccines.
Dbeibah promised during his speech that the next 10 days will witness a 100% increase in the salaries of the retirees, saying that current monthly pension of 450 dinars does not provide them with a decent living for five days.
He also touched on the GNU's plan to revive development projects, saying that "these projects are distributed in all regions of Libya, as they were stalled about ten years ago, and we seek to breathe life into them during the last quarter of this year”, as he said, revealing that the government provided the necessary funding for that plan, without clarifying its sources.
PM Dbeibah added that the previous two governments, "did not allocate any funds for development, and they discussed financing wars”, as he put it.
He pointed to the importance of maintaining the operation of oil and developing it significantly, adding: "Our dependence on oil is a very big problem, and after 10 or 15 years there will be alternative energy, and therefore we must speed up benefiting from our reserves”.
Regarding the electricity crisis, Dbeibah said "It was supposed to have been resolved if the budget had been approved, but I assure you that the solution will be soon”, indicating that in the last 10 years it has not been spent on projects, stations and the electricity grid to improve and operate them."
Dbeibah pledged to hold the elections on their scheduled date, saying that the government presented a security and logistical plan in order to organize the elections, but "the problem is legislative," as he put it.
He talked about relations with Tunisia, noting that he sent a large delegation to reach an understanding with them regarding the "strange accusation" against Libya, in reference to the news about 100 terrorists' infiltration to Tunisia from Libya.
Dbeibah accused Tunisia of “exporting” 10,000 terrorists to Libya, refusing the Tunisian accusation to Libya.