UN and others put positive spin on negative Libyan vote rejecting unity government
- Finally after many meetings in which there was no quorum or no vote was taken due to disruptions, the Tobruk-based House of Representives (HoR) met and took a confidence vote in the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA).
|There were said to be 101 representatives present at the vote with 61 voting against the GNA and just one for, while 39 abstained. The reaction of the UN was in part as follows:|
Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Martin Kobler welcomes the statement issued today by the Presidency Council (PC) and commends the resumption of the House of Representatives (HoR) sessions.In the entire response there is no mention of the negative vote except as part of the response of the Presidency Council of the GNA. You might think it has some importance and significance.
Backing for the Presidency’s position has come from UN Special Envoy Martin Kobler who had earlier tweeted urging “to work quickly on a GNA cabinet” to submit to the HoR. This, however, was then deleted and replaced by one saying that he fully supported the Presidency’s statement and its decision to work with the HoR and the State Council for urgent implementation of the Libyan Political Agreement.Both US Special Envoy Jonathan Winer and UK Ambassador Peter Millet tweeted support for the Presidency Council.