By Ajnadin Mustafa.
Tripoli, 21 August 2015:
The continuing General National Congress’ Finance committee has been plunged into a row with the acting . . .[restrict]head of the Tripoli-based Ministry of Finance over funding for people who fled from fighting in Benghazi and Sirte and who are currently displaced in the capital and in Misrata.
The committee has ordered the ministry’s undersecretary, Bashir Al-Aib, to make funds available for them to pay for their accommodation. He, however, is reported to have refused despite, it is claimed, backing for the payments from Tripoli prime minister Khalifa Ghwell and funds being available.
Some of the displaced are said to have been forced to return to Benghazi because of their financial plight.
It is not just in Tripoli that the displaced are facing financial difficulties. In June, the Beida-based government stopped paying rents for internally displaced people in Tobruk, saying that it no longer had the cash.
Because of the latest row, there is said to be increasing pressure on Ghwell to remove Al-Aib.
Ghwell has already been told earlier this week by the GNC to carry out a reshuffle and cut the number of cabinet ministers by half to just 12. There are calls in the GNC too for the number of deputy ministers, put at over 100, to be likewise slashed. [/restrict]