Libyan National Security Adviser Urges State Council to Resume Consultations with Parliament


The Libyan National Security Adviser, Ibrahim Bushnaf called on the Libyan Parliament and the High Council of State (HCS) to resume dialogue.

He asked members of the HCS to reconsider their position on consulting with the Parliament.

“Their decision to suspend communication was due to the law establishing the Constitutional Court. This law has not yet been issued. The House voted on it, but the rest of the stages have not been completed, the last of which was the Speaker of Parliament’s signature on the law, and permission to publish it in the Official Gazette, which has not happened yet,” Bushnaf said.

Earlier this month, the Speaker of the Libyan Parliament, Ageela Saleh called on the HCS to resume the constitutional dialogue, in order to reach an agreement on the outstanding articles, and end the political deadlock in the country.

The HCS has not yet commented on the Parliament’s request. It announced the suspension of all consultations with the Parliament, until the law establishing the Constitutional Court in the city of Benghazi is revoked.

The official Spokesman for Parliament, Abdullah Blaihaig said Saleh called on the HCS to “resume dialogue to discuss the few remaining articles of the draft constitution.”

According to Blaihaig, Saleh stressed that the state is going through “a critical stage that requires everyone to give priority to their interests, to end the current deadlock.”

Notably, HCS Head, Khaled Al-Mishri announced the suspension of talks between the two chambers, after Parliament approved the law establishing a Supreme Constitutional Court based in Benghazi.

Al-Mishri claimed that the Parliament “has no right to establish a constitutional court.” He added that the Parliament’s decision “destroys efforts to reach a consensus on the constitutional path, and deepens the institutional division in the country.”

The Prime Minister of Libya’s Government of National Unity (GNU), Abdel-Hamid Dbaiba stressed that he “will not step down from power until after a constitution is drawn up for the country, even if it takes 30 years.”