Second Round of Bouznika Dialogue Kicks off

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The second round of the Libyan dialogue between the delegations of the High Council of the State (HCS) and the Libyan Parliament kicked off in the Moroccan city of Bouzinka, on Friday. The meeting aims to discuss the personalities who will assume sovereign positions in the war-torn state.

Bouznika’s first round concluded last month as rival camps in Libya announced that they had reached “a comprehensive agreement on transparent and objective criteria and mechanisms to assume and unify sovereign positions.” The two sides had announced that the meetings would be resumed in order to complete the necessary procedures meant to guarantee the implementation and activation of the agreement.

The final agreement targets positions in seven sovereign institutions (the Central Bank, the Attorney General, the oil and investment institutions, the oversight and accounting bodies as well as the commission to fight against corruption). They will discuss the mechanisms of appointment, and the restructuring and distribution of these positions on a geographical basis.

If the two Libyan delegations succeed in reaching a final agreement, this will pave the way for the upcoming Geneva talks in October, which will deal with the formation of the Presidency Council and the national government in preparation for the holding of the elections.

Libya suffers from security chaos and a power struggle between Tripoli’s Government of National Accord, and the Interim Government in the east of the country supported by the Parliament and the Libyan National Army forces led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, since the signing of the Skhirat Agreement in 2015.

Last September, the head of the Presidency Council of the Libyan Government of National Accord, Fayez al-Sarraj, announced his intention to hand over his duties to the next executive authority, by the end of October.