By Libya Herald reporter.
Tunis, 8 June 2017:
Lawmakers in the south of the country have established a new political bloc in an attempt to secure improved conditions for residents in the often-ignored region.
Made up of members of the State Council and House of Representatives (HoR), the Fezzan bloc will push to for more funding for the the south and for better security.
One aspect they will look at is stopping the “brain drain,” – the movement of high-qualified professionals from the region to the north of Libya or abroad.
The group has called on the army and police to back behind the bloc and urged locals to be more vigilant against illegal migration and the establishment of camps being used by terrorists or traffickers.
It follows a similar bloc set up last November in Misrata that sought to give greater funding to the Bunyan Marsous operation to fight the so-called Islamic State in Sirte.
Zintan lawmakers have also set up their own bloc.
Southern politicians already have a record of working together for the region. In January almost all the Fezzan members of the HoR suspended their membership in protest at power outages and the lack of cooking gas and fuel throughout the region. The protest lasted five weeks.