Speaker of House of Representatives urges new vote on new Libyan unity government
The president and speaker of the Tobruk-based House of Representatives(HoR), Ageela Salah, has called on all members of the HoR to come to a session in Tobruk as soon as possible.
|This has happened before. Every time a meeting has been called there has been no quorum or the session has been disrupted and no vote taken. According to the Libyan Political Agreement (LPA) signed in Skhirat, Morocco, on December 17 last year, the HoR must vote confidence in the GNA before its term starts. It must also amend the constitutional declaration of 2011 to incorporate the GNA in the constitution.|
At present, the LPA states that the appointment of heads of sovereign institutions is to be done by the HoR and the State Council together although after the initial appointment, they can be removed and new appointments made by the HoR alone, but by a two-thirds majority.Salah also said the HoR would review the performance of the Libya Dialogue Committee and that some of its members could be replaced.
Known to be opposed to the new government led by Faiez Serraj, he is under great pressure to find a solution. He has been sanctioned by both the US and the EU who accuse him of deliberately preventing a session to debate the GNA and the LPA from taking place. He also faces the prospect of the HoR splitting, with the majority of members setting themselves up in Tripoli and probably voting to sack him.