Sixty-two deputies in the Libyan House of Representatives announced their support for the continuation of the work of the national unity government headed by Abdel Hamid al-Dabaiba, with the introduction of a cabinet reshuffle that allows it to impose its authority over the entire country, amid an international emphasis on the need to take into account the demands of the Libyan voter.
This came as part of an initiative announced by these representatives last night, according to which the legislative and executive authorities agree on a number of issues to get out of the current political impasse, which led to the failure to hold the presidential and parliamentary elections as scheduled on December 24 last.
The initiative – the details of which were announced in a statement signed by 62 deputies and a copy of which was obtained by the Anadolu Agency correspondent – affirms that the parliamentary and presidential elections are irreversible, and the need for serious and sincere work to achieve it as soon as possible in coordination with the concerned bodies.
The announcement of the initiative, which was signed by 62 deputies, came hours after Dabaiba met with a number of deputies in the capital, Tripoli.
And last week, Parliament Speaker Aqila Saleh considered the Dabaiba government to have expired, based on the Parliament’s decision to withdraw confidence from it and the end of the confidence period granted to it on December 24 last, and called for it to be reconstituted.
The number of members of the House of Representatives is 200, but the actual number is currently about 170, and it cannot be determined precisely due to individual deaths and resignations.
As a result of differences between the official Libyan 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 were scheduled for last December 24.
Agreement and proposals
So far, no new date for the elections has been agreed upon; The Libyan Electoral Commission suggested postponing it to January 24th. Which did not happen, while the House of Representatives proposed to do it after 6 months.
Libyans hope that holding parliamentary and presidential elections will contribute to ending the armed conflict that has plagued their oil-rich country for years.
This comes while Stephanie Williams, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General of the United Nations on Libya, said that she assured a number of members of the High Council of State she met in Tripoli that any solution must take into account the Libyan voter’s demand that elections be held within the time frame set by the roadmap of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum. .
Williams explained that the members of the High Council of State whom she met stressed the importance of holding the elections on a constitutional basis.