The State Council of the UN-brokered Government of National Accord (GNA) is meeting again to establish its administrative rules.
|Critics claim the Council has no legitimacy until the GNA is given a formal vote of confidence by the Tobruk-based House of Representatives. Last week, the State Council established itself as described by the Libya Herald:|
Last Tuesday, several dozen members of the General National Congress (GNC) announced the approval of the LPA, the GNC dissolved and the State Council in session. They then proceeded to elect Misratan politician Abdulrahman Sewehli as president and Saleh Makhzoum, the former GNC second deputy president, as the Council’s first deputy president.
For his part, Makhzoum has insisted that the meeting of the State Council was legitimate because at Tuesday’s meeting, the GNC had amended the Constitution and legalised the LPA. That, he claimed, in no way contradicted the HoR’s role in approving it. The State Council, he said, was committed to the LPA and the HoR was the country’s sole legislature.The list was supposed to be presented by Abusahmain, the president of the GNC, but he rejects the GNA and did not present a list. Violating the LPA, the GNA presidency — with the approval of the UN, no doubt — had Makhzoum draw up the list and approved it. There were two sections of the State Council meeting. In the first part, Makhzoum convened the group as the GNC. From the GNC point of view it is the sole legitimate legislature of Libya as the Libyan Supreme Court had ruled in November 14 that the HoR elections were unconstitutional and the HoR should be dissolved. Thus the GNC is the legitimate legislature in spite of the fact that the international community recognized only the HoR until the GNA came along. The GNC can thus legitimately amend the constitution and approve the GNA. As Makhzoum said the HoR can still approve the GNA although it seems only necessary since it will be the legislature of the GNA. Perhaps as I suggested recently, if the HoR does not sign on to the GNA soon, those favoring the GNA from the HoR will meet in Tripoli declaring themselves the HoR and pass a vote of confidence in the GNA.
On 5 April the GNC announced its dissolution and the establishment of the State Council. On 7 April the 73 members of the GNC circumvented the HoR by ‘amending’ the constitutional declaration and electing the controversial Misratan politician Abdulrahman Sewhli as President of the SC.