Saleh Denounces Threats Against Libyan HCS

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The Libyan Parliament Speaker, Ageela Saleh denounced the “acts of threats and intimidation against members of the High Council of State (HCS) by armed groups affiliated to the outgoing Prime Minister of the Government of National Unity (GNU) Abdel-Hamid Dbaiba.”

According to a statement issued by the Parliament’s Media Center, Saleh said that “what happened represents a threat to the lives of the members of the HCS, and a violation of their personal freedoms, guaranteed to them by the law.” He also called on the Attorney General Al-Siddiq Al-Sour to open an investigation into the incident, and to hold those responsible to account and bring them to justice.

On Monday, the HCS Head, Khaled Al-Mishri called on Al-Sour to “open an investigation into the Prime Minister of the GNU, Abdel-Hamid Dbaiba and prevent him from travelling until all investigations are completed.”

Al-Mishri’s call comes after a group of armed militias affiliated with the GNU, prevented members from holding a session devoted to discussing sovereign positions and the executive authority.

According to the complaint filed by Al-Mishri, he accused Dbaiba of “violating the state authorities and preventing them from carrying out their duties.” As well as “hindering the political process leading to elections, abusing his powers, and violations against the political rights of Libyan citizens.”

Al-Mishri said that militias affiliated with the GNU prevented HCS members from holding a scheduled session.

The HCS published pictures of military vehicles in front of the entrance to the hotel, which was to host its session in Tripoli. The session was devoted to listening to the report of the Committee on Sovereign Positions in the Council, and discussing mechanisms for unifying the executive authority.

Last week, Al-Mishri affirmed the need for a unified government to be capable of extending its influence over the whole country and holding national elections.