Libya: Government Admits Shortcomings
Tripoli — From calls for federalist autonomous states to a failing economy and security concerns affecting all sectors of daily life, the Libyan government faces many hurdles.
Prime Minister Ali Zidan at the week-end blamed Libya’s current problems on the budget, lack of security, the non-activation of projects and a state still in flux.
“Even if another government came (to power) they could not do any better,” Zidan told Libya Herald .
During his press conference on Sunday (August 26th), Zidan told a journalist, “You talk as if we received a full state”.
Following the revolution, the state has had “no police, no army, no institutions and no system”, he said.
“This is a legacy of 42 years of destruction,” Zidan added.
The government’s shortcomings are caused not by weakness, corruption or disharmony among members but rather by external pressures, General National Congress (GNC) spokesman Omar Hamidan said on August 20th.
“These issues need time and effort.” Hamidan added. “There isn’t any form of partisan quota, and I do not think that the congress is getting close to dismissing the government.”
Hamidan denied rumours about the dismissal of government.
“If they [the GNC] want to withdraw confidence from the government, then they should have 120 votes,” he said. “Some members are dissatisfied with the government; others are satisfied. Some are also convinced by the government’s point of view.”
“The government is weak but to dismiss it, we must have an alternative,” teacher Leila Farsi said. “It did not maintain security nor did it protect our oil, which is the country’s source of income.
Libya’s government is “in decline “, she said, adding that security and safety would suffer.
“What is happening now, such as theft, assassinations, bombings and blockades, is the reason behind the weakness of the Zidan government and the incompatibility of the members of the National Congress,” Sidra local council head Abul Hami Alatyosh said.
“The people of the Wadi Lahmar in the west, all the way to Sidra in the east, condemn the performance of this government,” he added. “The region did not get a visit by the congress, the government, ministers or even representatives, at least to show some national cohesion.”
Tobrouk journalist Saad Al Mansouri said: “We have rights and our demand is to live in peace and have a decent life.”
“We are a country with resources and we can achieve prosperity and progress if we believe that the interest of the nation is above all else,” he added.