The internationally-recognized House of Representatives (HoR) met today in Tobruk and did not give a vote of confidence to the UN-brokered Government of National Accord. The GNA was rejected by a vote against of 89 of the 104 members present.
|Another motion to support the Libya Political Agreement(LPA) was passed but with the provision that Article 8 that gave the Presidential Council the function of commander in chief of the Libyan National Army be deleted. The publishing of the text of the LPA signed at Skhirat on December 17 shows Haftar lost his job immediately upon signing the agreement. There are actually two parts to section 8, one in the main text and the other in Additional Provisions. The Additional Provisions section 8 reads in part:|
Article (8)Since December 17 the Presidential Council has ignored its duties under the LPA. Apparently Kobler never noticed nor did most members in the GNA or almost all of the mainstream press, who still have yet to notice.All powers of the senior military, civil and security posts stipulated in the Libyan legislations andlaws in force shall be transferred to the Presidency Council of the Council of Ministers immediatelyupon signing this Agreement. .
The armed forces allied to the eastern government are led by Gen Khalifa Haftar, a former Gaddafi ally who has become one of the most divisive figures among Libya's rival groups. Many in the east see him as the future leader of a national army, but he is despised by forces allied to the government in Tripoli.While a former Gaddafi ally and part of the original coup, he was later an implacable foe and no doubt worked for the CIA. He had to be rescued together with many of his men and flown to safety in the United States. I have appended a documentary on Khaftar. He lived near the US headquarters of the CIA for years and returned to Libya during the rebellion against Gaddafi. Haftar has so far been untouchable.
The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Martin Kobler, welcomes the endorsement in principle of the Libyan Political Agreement (LPA) by the House of Representatives. “I take note of the reservation of the House of Representatives on article (8) and remind all parties that any amendment to the LPA must be in line with the mechanism of the Libyan Political Agreement.” SRSG Kobler said. “We will continue consultations with all parties to find consensual solution to all outstanding issues," He addedThe Special Representative also takes note of House of Representatives’ decision to refer back the list of the cabinet to the Presidency Council. He urges both the Presidency Council and the HoR to take the necessary decisions as soon as possible