The Speaker of the Libyan Parliament, Ageela Saleh discussed various issues related to the victims of the recent floods, with the President of the Council of Elders and Notables of Derna, Saleh Ghaidhan.
The two deliberated on ways to provide assistance to the families affected by the harsh circumstances, resulting from the devastating Mediterranean storm, Daniel, which struck eastern Libya on 10 September. The storm caused severe material and human damages in the region.
The meeting also addressed topics related to the electoral laws recently issued by the Parliament. They also discussed the formation of a unified government, involving various social and political figures.
Earlier this month, Saleh referred the laws for the Presidential and Parliamentary elections to the High National Elections Commission (HNEC).
The Libyan Parliament unanimously passed laws for the Presidential and Parliamentary elections, according to Spokesman, Abdullah Blaiheg.
The legislation was prepared by the 6+6 Joint Committee, which consists of MPs and members of the High Council of State (HCS).
During the session in Benghazi, Saleh announced that he had received the election laws from MP, Jalal Al-Shuaybi. He confirmed that these laws, in accordance with constitutional amendments, are inclusive and do not exclude any eligible candidates, whether civilian or military.
Saleh praised the Joint Committee for achieving this milestone and stated that it lays the foundation for consolidating authority in the country. He added that the laws are fulfilling the Libyan people’s desire for elections.
Last week, HNEC signalled its readiness to put electoral laws into action, adhering to international benchmarks and practices to steer the upcoming electoral processes.
In a statement, HNEC affirmed that it stands as an “embodiment of the Libyan people’s aspirations toward a future imbued with stability and affluence.”
HNEC also highlighted that its operations and alignments, “do not bow to any political entities, ensuring it remains a beacon of unbiased authority amidst Libya’s political spectrum.”
For its part, the HCS in Libya has taken a stance against the Parliament Speaker, accusing him of failing to adhere to electoral laws.
In response to the approval of laws, Mohamed Maazeb, a member of the HCS, voiced concerns.
He stated to Sputnik News, “Parliament Speaker Ageela Saleh is attempting to form a new government without abiding by electoral laws,” emphasising that Saleh intends to retain these laws until his objectives are met.