Tripoli, 16 January 2013:
The Central Bank of Libya has stopped paying the LD 1,000 Eid Al-Adha grant into people’s account just . . .[restrict]one day after announcing that it had started the payments. Ali Mohammed Salem, the bank’s deputy governor, said that there were technical problems. He said that the payments should start being made again on Saturday.
Yesterday, the bank announced it had begun tranferring the funds into Libyans’ bank accounts and that the payments would be made within two days.
The grant, to ensure that every Libyan family could celebrate Eid Al-Adha on 26 October and buy a sheep to slaughter, was announced two weeks earlier by the General National Congress. It was not actually approved by Congress until 18 November.