Questions from a Libyan living in Benghazi
Today a very intelligent Libyan living in Benghazi wrote me these questions. If he doesn’t know the answers, who does… if you do please write me:
1. Concerning the supreme court ruling nullifying the HoR. The
international response has been vague. Do you think they’re waiting
for a military end to see which side they back, or will they back a
particular side soon?
2. About the HoR, assuming it’s still considered legitimate, of the
200 members, how many are actually attending and what is the legal
minimum for decision making? In one of your articles you mentioned 102
attending the vote on the removal of the Director of the Libyan
Central Bank. Surely that’s well below the minimum?
3. Who controls the Libyan Central Bank? Today the prime minister Omar
Al-Hassy outlined an ambitious plan to loan upto 120,000 interest free
dinars to help young Libyans build their future. Is that even possible
considering the diminished oil output and diminishing foreign
reserves? Does this imply he has control of the Central Bank or is he
just hoping to win people over? The Central Bank is in Tripoli, so
it’s tough to imagine the HoR having control over it.
4. How soon do you think the embassies will reopen in Tripoli assuming
the conflict doesn’t resolve (and assuming Tripoli stays safe).