Libyan Presidential Council Transgressing its Duties


Libyan MP, Misbah Douma said that the Presidential Council “has nothing to do with the constitutional rule, according to the Skhirat and Tunisia agreements.”

In a tweet, Douma added that the Presidential Council must “carry out the tasks entrusted to it. What the Presidential Council is doing is simply transgression, which has no legal or consensual basis.”

On Tuesday, the Head of the Presidential Council, Mohamed Al-Mnifi arrived in Cairo and met with the Arab League Secretary-General, Ahmed Aboul Gheit

In his speech, Al-Mnifi affirmed that the Presidential Council “presented its approach to resolving the Libyan crisis based on addressing the points of contention between the Libyan Parliament, and the High Council of State (HCS).

He added that the “initiative to reach a consensus on a constitutional basis will be held to meet the aspirations of the Libyan people, and in response to the decisions of international legitimacy to reach Parliamentary and Presidential elections.”

He noted that the PC has put forward its approach to resolving the crisis, which stems from a meeting that brings together the Parliament and the HCS, under the auspices of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL). “This meeting aims to address the outstanding points of contention.”

Al-Mnifi stated that this came after the continuous faltering of the two bodies in completing the constitutional rule, and the expiration of the deadline set for them in the roadmap.

“We are witnessing accelerated steps in Libya, through the comprehensive national reconciliation, which is supervised by the PC, to move towards the future.”

He referred to the council’s visions, to advance the work of the 5 + 5 Joint Military Committee (JMC). He also referred to the JMC’s implementation of the ceasefire agreement, and the coordination of efforts and arrangements for the withdrawal of foreign fighters and mercenaries from the country.

Al-Mnifi stressed the necessity of continuing the JMC’s efforts to unify the Libyan military and security institutions, and return the country to stability, leading to the elections.

He confirmed that achieving national reconciliation in Libya, and inviting all political parties and social components to engage in the national reconciliation project are among the priorities of the PC. He also affirmed his belief that “national reconciliation is the solid foundation for dealing with the situation in Libya.”

Al-Mnifi said that “joint Arab action is the only way to serve the interests of our Arab peoples.”