An “incomplete” session of the Libyan Parliament… the index of returning to “square zero”

Deputy Speaker of Parliament Fawzi al-Nuwairi said after the session, which was held in the presence of 48 deputies, that its goal is “to enhance confidence and communication between the deputies, not to create division among them.”

Al-Nuwari justified the session by saying, “The current stage is sensitive with the world’s preoccupation with other issues, and the inability of the UN Security Council to nominate a special envoy in Libya, which requires the Libyans to reach through the House of Representatives a roadmap that includes solutions to all their crises, foremost of which is the constitutional path to reach the elections. “.


Constitutional expert Wafiq Al-Shuwaidi believes that what happened is “an anomaly and a rare occurrence in the world,” explaining that holding a session with part of the parliament by the vice president and without a previous decision from the presidency of the Council “is illegal and unconstitutional, the parliament’s internal regulations recognize the necessity of agreement to hold any session of Parliament outside its headquarters in the city of Tobruk.

Al-Shuwaidi explained to “Sky News Arabia”, “This is what is happening in contravention of what was approved by the consensus committee emanating from the Geneva Dialogue Forum, which confirmed 3 tracks between which to choose, the first is the establishment of a temporary parliamentary base and the holding of presidential and parliamentary elections, which Parliament did and was rejected by several bodies. and influential figures in the Libyan West.

As for the second track, according to the expert, it is “establishing a temporary constitutional base and holding parliamentary elections only, which agrees with the current of political Islam and is rejected by most of the Libyan people.”

Al-Shuwaidi continues: “The third path is to approve the permanent constitution and then hold only presidential or presidential and then parliamentary elections, and this means extending the current bodies for a period of no less than a year.”

According to political analyst Mahmoud Farag, most of the points that failed attempts to solve the Libyan problem still exist, explaining that “the dilemma of electing the president of the republic has returned to the same problem: is he elected by direct vote by the people or by the parliament? In addition to the conditions for candidacy, especially with the orientation to the system of lists for the president and his two deputies.

In his interview with Sky News Arabia, Faraj considered that holding a session with a group of deputies without prior approval from the presidency and without a quorum clearly indicates “the state of division experienced by the institutions. Parliament has become blocs that support each current, while the State Council has The advisory capacity, which is headed by the Brotherhood Khaled Al-Mashri, became a prisoner of the thought of his president.

square one

Faraj believed that “the differences between all the parties have returned to square one, including the formation of the next parliament. Does it consist of one council or two, deputies (200 members) and elders (120 members)?”

The political scene in Libya is witnessing a struggle against the backdrop of Parliament’s call to form a new government after the end of the current government’s mandate last December, and it is expected that this formation will be voted on in Tuesday’s session, which is rejected by the head of the so-called State Council Khaled Al-Mashri, who does not want to change the government. Without consensus on the constitutional rule, he threatened that without that the government would be “dead”.

Al-Mishri called, in a statement by the House of Representatives, to adopt a road map that sets a date for the elections and goes in the direction of a referendum on or amending the constitution, or preparing a constitutional basis for holding the faltering elections.

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