Libya File Exclusive | Despite Serious Corruption & Bribery Revelations – UN, US, Regional & Western Powers Give Support to Interim PM Abdul Hamid Dbeibah – Why?

Forming a unity government in a country crippled and divided by civil war along tribal and foreign political allegiances for the last 10 years was already a huge challenge.

The challenge becomes impossible when you consider that regional powers like UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Israel and Turkey as well international powers such as the US, UK, France and Russia dueled politically, economically and militarily through local proxies to secure their interests.

Each had their own agenda, for Libya and the region. Each was keen to ensure their strategic plans, roles and influence had traction over the oil rich vast country. At stake was also another prize – 1200 miles of coast over the Mediterranean.

Yet, all failed to do much to stop the war in last decade. Little effective effort was  given to the plight of the Libyan people who paid the price with their blood, especially children.

So, when your read the unanimous support for the new interim Libyan Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah, you can be excused if you also started feeling positive, that the end of the war in Libya is near, that an unprecedented breakthrough had materialized.

 

The sense that a new prime minister and Presidential Council have been voted in under the watchful eye of non other than the United Nations was a miracle indeed.

However, if you were about to start singing halliluyah, and start praising the lord for this miracle – hold your horses.

Interim PM Abdul Hamid Dbeibah plagued by corruption and Bribery revelations

Blatant Corruption and Bribery Revelations

It appears that during the  Feb. 5 marathon session in Geneva, Switzerland, the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) voted 39 to 34 to appoint Abdul Hamid Dbeibah, a businessman turned politician, to become Interim prime minister. Also, little-known diplomat Mohamed Younis Menfi was appointed as head of the three-member Presidential Council, replacing the outgoing, dysfunctional nine-member council.

Upon further investigation, Survivability News learnt that Interim Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah was not democratically elected by popular vote. He was elected by a 75-member group known as the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum. More critical, the forum itself was handpicked by the United Nations Support Mission in Libya.

The apparent positive development was overseen by acting United Nations envoy and head of its Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Stephanie Williams.

The smell of something being badly cooked. 

Even before stepping into his new Prime Minister’s office, Dbeibah was plagued with revelations of bribery and corruption to elect him PM. This was along other serious reports of vote buying involving the forum.

A UN panel of experts on Libya is expected to name three forum members who sold their votes to Dbeibah.

The bribery scandal emerged Nov. 23 when the then head of the UN mission, Stephanie Williams, made her opening remarks of the forum session.

Witnesses of Corruption and Bribery


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