In response to the Libyan parliament’s decision… Al-Mashri refuses to exclude the Supreme Council of State from consultations to form the government and adheres to the political agreement

The head of the Supreme Council of State in Libya, Khaled Al-Mashri, rejected the parliament’s decision to exclude the council from consultations to form a new government instead of the current national unity government, and affirmed its adherence to the 2015 political agreement.

Hours after the Libyan House of Representatives voted, Tuesday, during a session held in the city of Tobruk (eastern Libya), to exclude the Supreme Council of State from consultations to form an alternative government to the government of Abdel Hamid al-Dabaiba, Al-Mashri announced his opposition to any amendment of the executive authority that is not in line with the constitutional declaration.

He also stressed the need to adhere to the 2015 political agreement in Skhirat, Morocco, when making any change in the executive authority.

Earlier, the Libyan official confirmed to the United Nations Special Adviser in Libya Stephanie Williams that any amendment to the executive authority in the country must comply with the interim constitutional declaration and with the road map for a comprehensive political solution in Libya.

Under the Skhirat Agreement, the Supreme Council of State consults with the House of Representatives in several cases, including the withdrawal of confidence from the government.

Eligibility Conditions

On Tuesday, the House of Representatives resumed a session that it had started earlier, during which it approved the conditions for candidacy for the position of the next prime minister.

During the session, which Parliament spokesman Abdullah Belhaq said that 120 deputies attended, 30 deputies refused to involve the Supreme Council of State in choosing a new prime minister, while 21 members voted in approval of the parliament’s participation.

Among the most prominent 13 conditions approved by Parliament, the candidate to take over the prime minister pledge not to run for the upcoming elections, in addition to obtaining the recommendation of 25 members of the House of Representatives, and not holding a foreign nationality, according to the parliament spokesman.

The House of Representatives, in its session held in Tobruk, discussed the mechanism of selecting a new prime minister and the results of the work of the Road Map Committee formed by the House.

proactive move

Meanwhile, media reports stated that the Prime Minister of the Government of National Unity, Abdel Hamid Dabaiba, is heading to pre-empt any move by Parliament by making a cabinet reshuffle.

The Dabaiba government stressed on several occasions that it would continue its work until the handover to a new elected authority.

The current prime minister was among those who ran for the presidential elections, which were supposed to be organized late last year, and he and others are calling for the adoption of a constitution for the country before the elections are held.

And on Monday, Parliament Speaker Aguila Saleh announced that the Libyan government headed by Dabaiba had expired, and it should not continue. Before that, he had expressed a similar position by saying that there is no longer any legitimacy for this government.

There was no immediate comment from the government on what Saleh said, but the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum, which was held in Tunisia and concluded in mid-November 2020, set the duration of the transitional executive authority at 18 months, extending until June 2022, according to the UN mission.

It was also agreed in the forum on December 24, 2021 to hold presidential and parliamentary elections, but this did not happen due to differences between official institutions regarding the election law.

For its part, the United Nations said that Libya does not need a prolonged transition period, and demanded to focus on the electoral process.

So far, there has been no agreement on a new date for the elections, as the Electoral Commission has proposed postponing it to January 24, while the House of Representatives has proposed holding it after 6 months.

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