State Council of GNA meets in Tripoli
Martin Kobler, Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG), welcomed a meeting of the State Council of the Government of National Accord (GNA) that took place in Tripoli.
|The GNA is part of the Libyan Political Agreement (LPA) signed on Dec. 17. Kobler welcome the preparatory meeting tweeting:|
“I welcome &strongly support 40 GNC meeting today in Tripoli to prepare 1st mtg of State Council (SC): right way forward, strengthens SC &LPA.”Even the Libya Herald, which is often pro-UN and favors the GNA, speaks of the membership of the State Council being something of a grey area. While the term of the State Council along with that of the GNA does not start until a vote of confidence, it does exist in some respects as soon as the LPA is signed. Supporters note Article 67 of the LPA supports this view. However, critics claim the group has no legal status until the HoR votes the LPA to be part of the 2011 constitution. There is no word as to when that might happen since the meeting of the HoR on Tuesday the 23rd of February did not take a vote. It could be next week. The 40 in Kobler's tweet presumably means just 40 members of the 145 member group met. The State Council is mainly a consultative body. The legislature of the GNA is the HoR.