Haftar’s forces to receive 2.5 billion of the national budget

Haftar and his forces will reportedly receive 2.5 billion dinars of the country's national budget following the Government's amendments to the proposal

The amended proposal of 111 billion surprised many as a majority of objections by members of the parliament were based on the inflated size of the budget. [Photo: Archive]

The news came following Parliament’s last day of proceedings concluding this week. It had been debating the legislation that would allow the president to be elected directly by popular election. The House of Representatives did not vote on the legislation and instead postponed discussion until the following session.

However, as the day came to a close, HoR Official Spokesperson Abdulla Belheeg announced that the government had submitted its new draft 2021 budget worth LD 111 billion, much surpassing the originally planned budget by billions of dinars and includes 2.5 billion dinars going to Haftar’s forces in Benghazi.

According to the spokesman, the parliament discussed and pondered on the draft legislation’s provision on direct election of the President from the Libyan people and is still discussing the draft law.

The GNU’s revised draft bill was sent to House members and submitted to the Planning, Finance, and General Budget Committee for comments and consideration.

The overall cost of the law was more than LD 111 billion, and it will be examined, documented, and sent to Parliament, thus terminating the session on another postponement of approval.

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