Ageelah Saleh, speaker of the House of Representatives, based in Tobruk, has criticized the recent statement of the Presidential Council of the UN-brokered Government of National Accord (GNA).
|Ageelah Saleh, speaker of the Tobruk-based House of Representatives (HoR) was critical of the demand by the Presidential Council (PC) of the GNA that all those in the process of launching an attack on the Islamic State should stop until the PC set up a unified command. The statement maintained that a violation of the order would violate military law. The Misrata militia which were advancing towards Sirte from the west obeyed the demand. However, it is not clear what response Khalifa Haftar will make. He is advancing towards Sirte with a large convoy and other units of the LNA are coming from the south-east as well.|
Aqilah regarded the PC’s statement as an excuse against the pro-agreement HoR members as they agreed to remove article (08) from the appendix rules of the Skhirat agreement that strips HoR members of the title “Chief Commander” and gives it to he PC. However, despite the removal, the PC is working as unconstitutionally as before and is claiming the title based upon the statement issued by those HoR members.Ageela ignores the fact that the HoR does not have the power to remove article 8 from the LPA so it is not removed. The PC are correct to make their claim. What is surprising is that the section 8 in the additional provisions, not the "appendix rules," applied once the agreement was signed on December 17. Obviously the PC and the GNA and Kobler paid no attention to that fact until now. This perhaps shows the increasing power of those opposed to Haftar in the GNA.