Abdel Hamid al-Dabaiba, the head of the National Unity Government in Libya, accused the Libyan House of Representatives of continuously and deliberately obstructing the government’s work.
In a speech he addressed to the Libyan people after refusing to attend an accountability session before Parliament, Dabaiba said that “Parliament obstructed the government’s work for flimsy and incorrect reasons.”
He added that his government had prepared a “development program for Libya”, but “the Libyan parliament deliberately disrupted the government’s plans.”
Libyan parliament session
He added that the government had formed committees to consider and prepare the budget “based on previous budgets,” accusing Parliament of “missing the government’s opportunity to start work.” He added, “The budget did not exceed what was spent during the past five years, but when we presented a unified budget to address the problems, we were suspended.”
He continued in the video: “We have found chaos in salaries (with state employees in Libya) and we will present a unified salary schedule to Parliament.”
Al-Dabaiba addressed Parliament Speaker Aqila Saleh, saying that “there are specialized committees, an audit bureau and an administrative control body” in Libya.
Libyan Parliament Speaker Aguila Saleh
He continued, “Without the full support of Parliament, the country’s development and development cannot continue, and the development door has not been allocated any funds for years.” Dabaiba also considered that “the development item in the budget must be increased…even if we allocate 50% for development, it will be a little.”
Al-Dabaiba said that “the government of national unity is an expanded government, a quota government, a government of satisfaction, and it has been approved by Parliament, and it is represented by all regions of Libya.” He added, “Our government is the government of all Libyans, and members of the House of Representatives helped me to form it.”
Dabaiba refused to accuse Libya of terrorism, and said that there are 10,000 terrorists who entered the country, adding: “Terrorism came to us from abroad.”
Dabaiba also said that the elections will be held on December 24, adding that “the election problem is not logistical but rather legislative.”
The budget row in Libya has emerged as a key element in the growing rift between rival political factions that has undermined the UN-backed process, which was seen as the best chance for peace in years.
This week, Parliament Speaker Aguila Saleh demanded that Dabaiba appear before the parliament elected in 2014 to be questioned about his government’s performance or face a vote of no confidence.