The Prime Minister-elect, Abdul-Hamid Dbeibah, said Tuesday that he had expanded the line-up of the Government of National Unity (GNU) to ensure all Libyans were represented.
During the second day of the House of Representatives’ (HoR) session to discuss granting confidence to the GNU, Dbeibah indicated that he had excluded all individuals who occupied ministerial posts in the previous governments.
He also explained to the HoR members that he had conditioned the nomination of ministers to their ability to travel across the entire country without any problems.
Dbeibah remarked that the line-up represented 15 electoral districts that represent all Libyans, saying that the ministers are expected to work for all Libyans not for their own city only.
He indicated that the Foreign and Defense Ministers will be later named after consulting with the Presidential Council.
Dbeibah also reiterated that he would take into account the population, infrastructure and other services in each city across the country, so that the budget can be distributed justly.
The PM-elect reaffirmed that he would speak with the UNSMIL and international stakeholders about the departure of mercenaries ahead of elections that should be based on a constitutional framework.
Dbeibah indicated that if any of the named ministers were proved to be subject of a corruption case, they would be eliminated from the GNU immediately.
The PM-elect also outlined the fact that the Defense Ministry position was a subject of controversy and that many parties wanted to name the incumbent.
“It is very important to know that we won’t allow war to erupt in Libya again”. He added, referring to the Defense Minister’s position.
Dbeibah also talked about the representation of women in his GNU cabinet, saying they are represented by 15% and will later reach 30% once the government is approved.