Libya .. Parliament rejects the participation of the Supreme Council of State in consultations to form an alternative government

The Libyan House of Representatives, meeting in the city of Tobruk, voted to exclude the Supreme Council of State from consultations to form an alternative government to the national unity government currently headed by Abdel Hamid al-Dabaiba.

30 members of the House of Representatives refused to involve the Supreme Council of State in choosing a new prime minister, while 21 members voted to approve the parliament’s participation.

The Libyan House of Representatives was discussing, in its sessions held in the city of Tobruk, the mechanism for selecting a new prime minister for the country, and the results of the work of the road map committee formed by the House.

Parliament Speaker Aguila Saleh said, in his speech during the opening session today, Tuesday, that they will discuss the conditions that must be met by the prime minister, adding that after agreeing and drafting the conditions, the mechanism for electing the prime minister will be announced.

He stressed that the Parliament’s Road Map Committee should work on setting an inevitable date for holding the elections.

In today’s session, a number of council members demanded the inclusion of a road map proposal for specific dates for holding the elections.

Fawzi al-Nuwairi, the first deputy speaker of the parliament, said that all options are open and that the road map must work on all tracks simultaneously, including removing mercenaries and foreign fighters from the country, collecting weapons, and following the constitutional path.

Roadmap Committee

And last December 21, the House of Representatives formed a committee called the “Road Map”, consisting of 10 members, with the aim of reaching a consensus formula on the constitutional path in the country.

Yesterday, Monday, Aguila Saleh announced in the session, before she was suspended due to insufficient time to discuss the conditions for choosing the prime minister, that “the Libyan government headed by Abdel Hamid al-Dabaiba has expired, and it cannot continue.”

He said that if Dabaiba wants to return to the presidency, he must present a government again to the House of Representatives, just like any other citizen.

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.

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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