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Sarraj sued over 2019 budget

A suitcase was filed against head of the Presidency Council (PC) Faiez al-Sarraj over his 2018 financial arrangements.

On Tuesday, the Audit Bureau rejected the general budget for 2019 approved by the PC because it has not been passed by the legislative authority, the House of Representatives (HoR).

The budget also does not include any plans for financial and economic reforms regarding rationalization of spending as well as a balanced financial policy, according to the audit bureau.

The 2019 budget has been controversial in the past few months as Libya’s internationally recognized Government of the National Accord (GNA) and the central bank failed to agree on a national budget due to a row over spending priorities, sources told Reuters in January.

Meanwhile, head of the National Oil Corporation Mustafa Sanalla expressed his “disappointment” over the budget as the PC did not include a salary increase for oil workers.

The NOC included a 67-percent salary increase in its 2019 operating budget submission to the GNA on Dec. 5, 2018, but the GNA rejected the item.

Libya has had no proper budget since 2016 because its internationally recognized parliament is based in the east and supports a parallel administration therein.

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