US commends public release of Libyan Audit Bureau’s “comprehensive” report

US commends public release of Libyan Audit Bureau’s “comprehensive” report

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

“We commend the Audit Bureau on putting out such a comprehensive audit report and making it available to the public,” said Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Libya Leslie Ordeman.

“We will be looking at it closely,” the American diplomat was quoted as saying by the embassy. “Transparency, accountability, and access to information are hallmarks of good governance.”

The 979-page report examined the expenditures of the Libyan public sector and whether it failed to meet the standard criteria. The Audit Bureau found that a number of public organizations, including the government in Tripoli, have violated the law and engaged in dubious financial practices that could potentially amount to corruption.

Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh, the leader of the Tripoli-based government, has accused the Audit Bureau of attempting to “tarnish” his government’s image, describing the report and its public release as “politicized”.

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