Libyan lawmakers back $ 10,000 family grant ahead of polls

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Tripoli, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – October 12, 2021): The east-based Libyan parliament on Monday approved grants of around $ 10,000 for each family after its rival, the union government in the west nationwide, approved aid for young couples ahead of the elections.

The parliament based in the eastern city of Tobruk announced the unanimous vote of lawmakers to give 50,000 dinars to every family in the country of seven million.

“All Libyan families are eligible” except those who received the “marriage bonus”, parliament spokesman Abdullah Bliheg told AFP.

This decision precedes a presidential election in December and a legislative vote in January.

The polls are supposed to help unify Libya after years of conflict and division, but disputes over their legal and constitutional basis have exposed the extent of the east-west split.

In August, the Tripoli-based government of national unity announced it would grant “marriage allowances” of 40,000 dinars each to 25,000 couples ready to marry by the end of the year.

However, they are excluded from the law adopted on Monday.

The eastern-based parliament is headed by Aguila Saleh, an ally of eastern military leader Khalifa Haftar and rival of transitional prime minister Abdulhamid Dbeibah.

Libya has been preparing for elections since last year, following a ceasefire between Western fighters and Haftar’s forces who spent a year waging an ultimately unsuccessful campaign to capture Tripoli .


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