Libyan Parliament Speaker Calls Plenary Session in Benghazi on Monday


On Saturday, Libyan Parliament Speaker Ageela Saleh called on all MPs to attend an official session that is scheduled to be held in Benghazi next Monday.

In a statement, the Speaker said that Benghazi is the constitutional headquarters of the House of Representatives (HoR).

He stressed that he would inform the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), the EU, as well as the Arab and African Parliaments of this decision.

Notably, Saleh confirmed that he would not recognize any decisions taken outside the Parliament’s official headquarters in Benghazi or the temporary headquarters in Tobruk.

During a speech, Saleh claimed that any session held outside Benghazi or Tobruk would be considered illegal and contrary to the constitutional declaration.

He stated that the outcomes of any session taking place elsewhere than these two cities would be void and have no legal basis.

Last week, 123 MPs from the Libyan Parliament began talks in Tangiers, Morocco, to unify the Parliament in preparation for Libya’s next transitional phase.

They also agreed to hold a plenary session in the city of Ghadames and their decision was hailed by the High Council of State (HCS).

This rapprochement between Tripoli-based and Tobruk-based MPs came after political talks held in Tunisia under the auspices of the United Nations concluded with the announcement that Libya would hold elections on 24 December 2021.