Libya’s eastern lawmakers promise $ 10,000

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Libyan-based pro-Putist general Khalifa Haftar of Libya has agreed to spend about $ 10,000 on families after the West-based unitary government OKd distributes to newlyweds ahead of the upcoming December elections.

“All Libyan families are entitled” except those who have benefited from the “marriage bonus”, parliamentary spokesman Abdullah Bliheg told AFP.

This takes place before a presidential election in December and a vote in January.

The polls will help unite Libya after years of conflict and division, but disputes over their legal and constitutional basis have revealed the extent of the gap between the country’s east and west.

In August, the country’s unitary government based in Tripoli announced that it would provide “marital benefits” of 40,000 dinars each to 25,000 couples who are to marry at the end of the year.

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

The Eastern Parliament is led by Aguila Saleh, an ally of Haftar and rival of caretaker Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah.

Libya has been preparing for elections since last year, following a ceasefire between Western fighters and Haftar’s forces that had spent a year with a finally failed campaign to seize Tripoli.

The country fell into the abyss after the long-term dictator Moamer Gadhafi overthrew in 2011 and despite its vast oil wealth, many Libyans live in poverty.

Libya has been troubled for a decade, in recent years a war has broken out between forces supporting rival governments based in the East and West, backed by regional powers, foreign fighters and mercenaries. Russia, France, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have been some of the biggest supporters of Putist general Khalifa Haftar, while Turkey supported the internationally recognized National Accord Government (GNA) in the West.

A ceasefire in October last year between rival Eastern and Western governments, following UN host talks, led to a transitional government taking office in March to lead the country towards elections at the end of this year.

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