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After postponing the Libyan elections, the House of Representatives is studying options for the next stage, amid warnings and criticism

The work of the House of Representatives session continues in Tobruk in light of the continuing controversy over the postponement of the elections and the upcoming road map, while Stephanie Williams, the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Libya, called for meeting the requests of the Electoral Commission.

At the beginning of the session, Parliament Speaker-designate Fawzi Al-Nuwairi said that the data and reports received from the High National Elections Commission show the difficulties and challenges that prevented the holding of the presidential elections on December 24.

The Parliamentary Committee on the electoral process in Libya recommended – during the ongoing Tobruk session until now – to proceed with the amendment of the draft constitution, through a technical committee of the House of Representatives, in coordination with the Supreme Council of State, and to develop a realistic and applicable roadmap, bound by duration and stages, not dates. within a constitutional framework.

The Parliamentary Committee also recommended restructuring the executive authority in order to achieve stability.

The Libyan House of Representatives will discuss during today’s session a report prepared by one of its committees regarding the elections (Reuters)

formal session

Earlier, the designated Speaker of the House of Representatives called on the members of the House of Representatives to hold an official session in the city of Tobruk (in the east of the country), after it was confirmed that the presidential elections would be impossible.

Parliament had formed a 10-member committee to draw up a new road map in light of the postponement of the elections.

Representative Ziad Daghim told Al-Jazeera that the Council is determined in its session today to develop a road map for the next stage, while a Libyan source said on Sunday that the parliament session will study the request of the High National Elections Commission to postpone the elections for a month until January 24 next.

Representative Jibril Ouhaida also told Al Jazeera that the House of Representatives will discuss the obstacles and problems that prevented the holding of elections, noting that the representatives will propose solutions, including changing the current government, which he accused of negligence in holding the elections.

Head of the Supreme Council of State Khaled Al-Mashri criticized the House of Representatives held in Tobruk (Anatolia)

Warnings and criticism

The session is held in light of warnings and criticisms directed by the President of the Supreme Council of State, Khaled Al-Mashri, to the House of Representatives in Tobruk, regarding what he called any unilateral decisions regarding the elections.

And yesterday, Al-Mashri considered that any step taken by the House of Representatives unilaterally and without agreement with the Supreme Council of State, will be doomed to failure, whether related to the road map, the adoption of laws, or any attempt to amend the executive authority.

He warned the House of Representatives not to take any step without consulting the Supreme Council of State, and called on it not to skip the benefits contained in the political agreement.

In turn, Fathallah Al-Sariri, a member of the Supreme Council of State, said – in an interview with Al-Jazeera from Tripoli – that there is a need for consensual laws.

He explained that the laws introduced by the House of Representatives do not enjoy unanimity even within the House itself, considering that the House did not abide by the Constitutional Declaration, the 2015 political agreement and the road map.

Libyan dialogue forum postponed until next weekStephanie Williams: The eyes of two million and 800 male and female voters in Libya are heading towards the House of Representatives (Anatolia)

Laws and hopes

For her part, Stephanie Williams, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Libya, expressed her hope that Parliament would address the Commission’s requests regarding electoral laws and appeals.

Williams said – in a tweet on Twitter – that the eyes of the two million and 800 female voters in Libya are heading towards the House of Representatives; Noting that the people’s representatives must fulfill their national responsibility to urgently address the requests of the commission regarding electoral legislation and judicial appeals, to push the electoral process forward, and wished them success in this task.

In the same context, the British Embassy in Libya stressed that the transfer of power to a new executive body must take place immediately after the announcement of the results of the parliamentary and presidential elections.

The embassy said – in a statement – that candidates who occupy positions in public institutions must continue not to fill them until the announcement of the elections.

The embassy called on the relevant authorities to expedite the polling procedure and not delay as much as possible so that the Libyan people can decide the option they want.

Last September, parliament said it would not recognize the national unity government after December 24, but France, Germany, Italy, Britain and the United States said in a statement that the government should continue.



Reference-www.aljazeera.net

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