Libya.. The House of Representatives receives the report of the Parliamentary Roadmap Committee
The Libyan House of Representatives will receive the final report prepared by the Parliamentary Roadmap Committee on the understandings it reached with the Supreme Council of State regarding the elections and the constitutional and security tracks.
The report includes the proposed date for holding the parliamentary and presidential elections, the constitutional and security tracks, and the plan to secure the elections.
The Road Map Committee had previously said that preparing for any new elections needs at least 9 months.
It is also expected that the House of Representatives will announce the opening of the door for candidacy to head an alternative government to the current one headed by Abdel Hamid Dabaiba.
And Parliament Speaker Aguila Saleh said last Monday – during a parliament session – that the Dabaiba government ended its mandate with the date of the elections on December 24 last, and it should not continue.
In last Tuesday’s session, parliament voted in favor of a resolution excluding the Supreme Council of State from deliberating over the formation of the government.
A member of Parliament said that this decision is expected to be rescinded in a future session of the legislative institution.
As a result of disagreements between the Libyan official institutions over the electoral law and the role of the judiciary in the electoral process; It was not possible to hold presidential and parliamentary elections that had been scheduled for December 24, and so far no new date for the elections has been agreed upon.
Yesterday, the two roadmap committees of the House of Representatives and the High Council of State in Libya continued their discussions on the details of the transitional phase.
A member of the island’s Supreme Council of State Committee said that the discussions dealt with proposals on the constitutional path, including the formation of a joint committee of the two councils, the Constituent Assembly and legal experts to draft the constitution.
The member – who declined to be named – added that the joint committee will also study the controversial articles in the draft constitution, and refer its proposal directly to the High National Elections Commission to start preparing for the referendum process.
After postponing the presidential elections, the Libyan parties seek to agree on a specific course of the electoral process.
Several Libyan parties are demanding that a new constitution for the country be first approved through a popular referendum on it before holding the presidential and parliamentary elections.
And the UN Special Adviser to Libya, Stephanie Williams, said on Sunday that the discourse in Libya has changed from one of resolving differences through the use of force to one by political and peaceful means, and “this is a positive thing that must be preserved.”
And Williams added – in tweets on Twitter from a TV interview she conducted – that “it is noticeable how quickly political actors and those with power on the ground shift from being constructive elements to being obstructive when they feel that their personal interests or the interests of their expired institutions are threatened.”
It should be noted that Libya has suffered since 2011 from an armed conflict and political division in various state institutions, as a result of a power struggle between retired Major General Khalifa Haftar, who controls eastern and southern Libya, and the internationally recognized governments in the capital, Tripoli.