Al-Namroush Pledges Smooth Transition of Power in Libya if Elected President


Salah Al-Din Al-Nimroush, Defence Minister of the Government of National Accord (GNA) and candidate for Head of the Presidential Council, presented his vision for the upcoming transitional phase to the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF).

The meeting convened on Monday in Geneva, under the auspices of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) with aims to elect the interim executive authority for the war-torn country.

In his speech to the LPDF, Al-Namroush pledged to provide a safe and appropriate environment to organize elections on time, in coordination with UNSMIL and the international community. He also promised to provide the necessary support to military and civil institutions to achieve this goal.

“We are in contact with the International Criminal Court (ICC) to punish all those who have committed crimes against the Libyan people. By law, the displaced will return to their homes,” the Defence Minister said.

“I support the moderate approach, and I do not have any religious orientation. I reject extremism in all its forms. We will endeavor with the 5+5 Joint Military Committee (JMC) to ensure the assignment of the highest positions in the army is protected from regional allegiances. Activating the role of the judiciary is the solution to all cases of detainees outside the law,” he added.

Al-Namroush also promised to work with, “the next Prime Minister to empower the qualified youth and women in leadership positions across Libya.”

On Tuesday, the LPDF resumed its session listening to candidates for the upcoming interim executive authority. These will then be voted on by LPDF members.

A Presidential Council which will consist of three members, and a Prime Minister and two deputies will be voted on by 5 February. The list of candidates include 21 names for the position of Prime Minister, and 24 for the Presidency Council.