A delegation from the Tobruk-base House of Representatives(HoR) arrived in the far western town of Ghadames on Thursday. The delegation is charged with preparing for a meeting next Wednesday to endorse the UN-brokered Government of National Accord (GNA).
|The Libya Observer, said that the session will be attended by those from the HoR who support the Libya Political Agreement(LPA) signed at Skhirat on December 17th. The HoR has met in Tobruk numerous times to vote on the GNA and amend the constitutional declaration so as to include the LPA. Every meeting has been either without a quorum or has been disrupted with no vote. After the last meeting a group of about one hundred members of the HoR said they supported the GNA but only with the deletion of article 8 from the LPA. Article 8 makes the Presidential Council commander in chief of the LNA until a new appointment is made. Even those favoring the GNA want the article removed. It is not clear that the supposed HoR meeting will have enough members to pass a constitutional amendment which requires a two-thirds majority vote.|
On the other hand, the Libyan political dialogue’s team held a meeting on Thursday in Tunisia in which they called on the HoR to fulfill its commitments as per the political agreement, including making amendments to the constitutional declaration and endorsing the government.No doubt this means that the Dialogue team was suggesting that there be a regular meeting of the HoR as required by the Libya Political Agreement. Even if the planned meeting in Ghadames takes place, the issue of Section 8 and the status of Khalifa Haftar as commander in chief of the Libyan National Army is still not resolved. It simply becomes a cause for division within the GNA itself.
UPDATE: There is no report of the meeting taking place as yet.