Libya will not be divided, Prime Minister Dbeibah says
Libya–The Prime Minister of the Libyan Government of National Unity, Abdel Hamid al-Dbeibah, addressed a speech to the Libyan people in the historical eastern region of Cyrenaica on Tuesday evening through the multimedia platform “Our Government.” “This conflict and all the wars that have taken place cannot be considered a regional conflict, but it is a purely political struggle,” Al-Dbeibah said.
“I’ve never been a regionalist, and I won’t be now. I will not accept the division of Libya, nor any division between Libyans. My government is called of national unity, and therefore it is at the service of all Libyans”. He thundered the Premier at the head of the transition executive. The speech comes a few days after announcing the formation of a government team for an official internal work mission to Benghazi for a week. It would conduct visits to various public bodies and government offices. The team was also tasked with meeting Deputy Prime Minister Hussein Al-Qatrani and urging him to return to work.
On October 10, a statement signed by “Cyrenaica officials in the government of national unity” accused the prime minister of failing to undertake to implement the terms of the political agreement and the guidelines of the LPDF road map to unify institutions and apply an equitable distribution of resources among the three regions of Libya. The United Nations Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) immediately expressed concern, inviting the Al-Dbeibah executive to resolve these internal disputes and urging all parties to work for the country’s good, focusing on their primary objective: lead Libya to elections.
During his speech last night, the prime minister said that never in history have so many millions of dinars been allocated for Cyrenaica. He indicated that 37% of the funds made available to the municipalities went to centers in the eastern region, 8% for Benghazi alone. The director-general of the transport authority said that 45% of public transport projects have started in the east. And he added to have assigned 900 million to the utility projects authority and 300 million to the eastern region.
The Premier then invited his citizens, especially residents of eastern Libya, to judge him exclusively for the period he is in office, revealing exorbitant debts accumulated by previous governments. The obligations of the last interim government, led by Abdullah Al-Thani, – according to Al-Dbeibah – amount to 600 million dinars (over 100 million euros). Finally, the Premier continued his speech to the Nation, explaining that his government works for the benefit of all Libyans and does not differentiate between them as some claim: “we came out in this speech to absolve ourselves of this false accusation and show the truth.”
In response to the controversy raised by the undersecretary of the interior ministry in the national unity government for technical affairs, Faraj Qaim, Dbeibah said: “Qaim must respect its limits. It has nothing to do with the choice of the defense minister. “. The Prime Minister invited his deputy Hussein al-Qatrani and Faraj Qaim to return to their offices, stressing his readiness to review the decisions made to date if anything needs to be reviewed.