U.S. welcomes release of Libyan Audit Office’s ‘comprehensive’ report – Libya Update News

The United States commended the Libyan Audit Office for its work on the recently released 2021 report, which documents the misuse of public funds by the Tripoli-based government.

“We commend the Audit Office for publishing such a comprehensive audit report and making it available to the public,” said the Charge d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Libya, Leslie Ordeman.

“We will examine it closely,” the US diplomat quoted by the embassy said. “Transparency, accountability and access to information are hallmarks of good governance.”

The 979-page report examined Libya’s public sector spending and whether it met standard criteria. The Audit Office found that a number of public organizations, including the government of Tripoli, broke the law and engaged in questionable financial practices that may amount to corruption.

Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh, the Tripoli-based head of government, accused the Audit Office of trying to “tarnish” the image of his government, calling the report and its public release “politicized”.

Dbeibeh says report exposing government corruption is ‘politicized’

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