The Libyan parliament is discussing today a road map for the next stage after the postponement of the elections
The Libyan House of Representatives is scheduled to meet today, Monday, to discuss a roadmap for the next stage after the postponement of the elections, at a time when Britain called for transferring power in Libya to a new executive body after announcing the results of the elections, for which a new date has not yet been set.
Earlier, the designated Speaker of the House of Representatives called on the members of the House of Representatives to hold an official session today in the city of Tobruk (in the east of the country), after it was confirmed that it was impossible to hold the presidential elections that were scheduled to take place last Friday.
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 yesterday 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.
Jibril indicated that there are no specific dates for holding the elections.
Yesterday, a Libyan source revealed several possible scenarios that may emerge from today’s parliament session, including the assignment of a new government or a cabinet reshuffle to the current one and the continuation of its assignment to conduct business.
Yesterday, the head of the Supreme Council of State, Khaled Al-Mashri, said that the commission had set a new date for the elections in an absurd manner, stressing that the failure to hold the elections on time was caused by the lack of a consensual constitutional basis.
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 it is related to the road map, or 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.
A new executive
In this 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.