As has happened many times before, the Tobruk-based House of Representatives (HoR) met today but lacked a quorum and so was unable to vote confidence in UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA).
|A confidence vote by the HoR is required under the terms of the Libya Political Agreement (LPA). The HoR has met many times before to try and hold a vote. Every meeting has lacked a quorum except for two, in which there was a quorum but no vote because the meetings were disrupted.|
Serraj and the GNA are not yet recognized by the HoR, however, the international community recognize Serraj and his GNA as the sole legitimate government of Libya, but also recognize that the HoR is the only legitimate legislature in Libya.The GNA recognizes the HoR only as a vehicle to vote confidence in the GNA and amend the constitutional declaration of 2011. I do not think that it recognizes the HoR as a legislature that can pass laws for all of Libya since it is not yet part of the only recognized government, the GNA. Once the HoR votes confidence in the GNA etc. then it will become the only legitimate legislature. The mandate of the HoR actually ran out last October but it simply extended its mandate itself in an illegal move.
Numerous members, particularly from the west, are refusing to go to Tobruk until there is a session to vote on the Government of National Accord (GNA). There have also been complaints of ill-treatment and intimidation in Tobruk of pro-GNA members.The meeting last week was specifically called to vote on the GNA and the required amendment to the constitutional declaration but not enough members showed for a quorum. Yet Salah appears still to get the blame. Forty members meeting in Tripoli two days ago said they would go if there was a session allowing a vote free of intimidation. That is not likely enough for a quorum. What sort of legislature will the HoR be as part of the GNA if it cannot even ensure that any votes will be free of intimidation or that a vote can even be held?