Parliament (the House of Representatives – HoR) failed to approve the 2021 budget during its session yesterday. In reality, there was no real desire to do so as soon as the Aldabaiba government said it was unable to attend the session due to the Prime Minister and several of his ministers being abroad on official trips.
Yesterday’s session was a closed session and so no live broadcast was available. However, HoR Official Spokesperson Abdalla Belheeg reported that the session discussed six points:
It reviewed a letter received from the 5 + 5 Military Commission which requested the HoR not to approve the Defence Ministry’s budget until the government appoints a Defence Minister. The HoR will decide on this matter in Tuesday’s session.
It emphasised the approval of the first chapter (state-sector salaries) of the 2021, provided that it includes the laws issued by the HoR to raise the salaries of a number of sectors and requested the Finance Committee to submit a proposal to approve the 2021 budget.
Demanded the Legislative Committee to quickly complete the bill unifying salaries for all state workers and submit it to the HoR as soon as possible, as well as the local government law.
Summoned the government to appear before the House at next Monday’s session (5 July) after the government apologized for not being able to make Tuesday’s session.
Set a session to decide on Sovereign Positions, given that the High State Council did not respond to the HoR a month after it had referred the candidates’ files to it.
Emphasized the importance of the work of the HoR’s permanent specialist committees and taking the necessary measures to activate their role and follow-up by the First and Second Deputy Speakers of the House.
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