Sunday, February 15, 2009

Sweeping changes ahead in Libya?

Leader Moammar Kadafi on Saturday called on Libyans to endorse his proposal to dismantle the national government and give the country's oil wealth directly to its 5 million people.

Kadafi has urged a sweeping revision of government bureaucracy, saying the whole Cabinet system should be dismantled to free Libyans from corruption and mismanagement. His plan has run into opposition from senior officials, who stand to lose their jobs in a government purge.

"Do not be afraid to take directly the oil money and the responsibility to create the right government structures that further the interests of the people," Kadafi told representatives of the country's Basic People Congresses.

The people's congresses are the backbone of Libya's government structure and function as the country's top executive and legislative bodies. They represent people at district and village levels across the country, and vote on laws and government policy.

But in practice, Kadafi decides on key policy, particularly regarding oil.

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