Tripoli, 19 March 2013:
The General National Congress has finally passed the government’s LD 66-billion budget. Announcing the vote, Prime Minister Ali . . .[restrict]Zeidan thanked Congress and said that all the projects that his government had promised the Libyan people could now be implemented. He also said that, as a result, companies involved in projects that had been stalled by the revolution could restart work.
Congress was due to vote on the budget on 3 March, but was prevented after a failed attempt to evict amputees who were occupying the main chamber. It was then supposed to be debated on 6 March, but members were then held hostage by armed demonstrators. As a result of that, full sittings of Congress were suspended for a week until security could be guaranteed.