Aguila Saleh Proposes a New Presidential Council to Resolve the Libyan Crisis – Al Marsad

Speaker of the House of Representatives (HOR), Chancellor Aguila Saleh, congratulated the Libyan people and the Muslim Ummah on the advent of the blessed month of Ramadan, hoping that the month would mark the end of the coronavirus pandemic and the beginning of fulfilling the aspirations of the Libyan people for security, stability, and the establishment of their envisaged state.

[Libya, 24 April 2020] – Chancellor Aguila Saleh, in a speech on Thursday, on the advent of the blessed month of Ramadan, said: “I avail myself of this opportunity to commend the efforts of the government and the Supreme Committee on combating the coronavirus pandemic, the medical and support staff, the Libyan armed forces, the security services, and all other stakeholders to overcome this global crisis. Such efforts would not have succeeded without the commitment of the Libyan people to take the precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the pandemic.”

He added: “The world after the coronavirus and the declining economies will not be the same as before. The current situation will either motivate the international community to reconsider the system of human values ​​that unite the world countries and correct the deviation resulting from disregard of the will of the people and their right to a decent life, or move towards more injustice and oppression. In the later scenario, a weak and divided people will be an easy prey for another round of colonialism.”

“The time has come to forget about the past, the causes of fighting, and the motivations of hate and to proceed in good faith and a strong determination to achieve an inter-Libyan consensus, which alone can place the building blocks for a stable and secure homeland under the banner of brotherhood and respect.”

“I do not wish to return to the beginning of the crisis. I will only refer to the moment when the so-called Political Islam and the struggle of the thieves raised their weapons against the nascent democracy following the election of the first Libyan parliament after nearly half a century.”

“Since we assumed our mandate as an elected legislative authority, we have participated in various dialogues in different Arab and European capitals in which we presented proposals to resolve the crisis and stop the conflict. We left the doors of the HOR in Tobruk, the city of peace, open for the boycotters of the Parliament’s sessions aiming to keep the way open for a return of all in the best interests of all Libyans.”

“However, we could not allow the terrorist groups, militias, and armed gangs to seize cities and villages, subjugate their people, and blackmail state institutions at gunpoint. We could not allow specific terrorist groups to decide the fate of the country as per their purposes and to achieve their goals, which have nothing to do with the desires and aspirations of the Libyan people.”

“Libya was established as a state comprising three regions according to the Resolution No. (284-4) issued on 21 November 1949. Lacking real political organizations or effective blocs, the national tribes have had the final say in the political arena through their leaders, notables, and patriotic political elites profoundly concerned with the future of Libya. Therefore, we affirm the need to return to the Libyan people, represented by such social forces, to choose who can restore this country’s dignity, security, and stability. They can select the national leaders to rule and resolve the prolonged crisis by placing the country on the right path to establish a state that can survive and continue,” the HOR’s Speaker asserted.

He added: “We confirm the need to overcome the current situation after the catastrophic failure of the political dialogue in which the HOR and the State Council have not reached an agreement. They will not resolve the Libyan crisis due to the conflict of interests and the desire of some parties for chaos to persist because they know that if the country settles and its institutions unite, their gains due to chaos and conflict will stop.”

Aguila Saleh pointed out that resorting to the Libyan people is a national demand to save Libya and put it on the right path to build a state based on justice and equality. He proposed an eight-point roadmap as follows:

  1. Each of the three regions of Libya chooses separately its representative in the Presidential Council, consisting of a President and two Deputies, by mutual agreement or by secret vote under UN supervision.
  2. After its approval, the Presidential Council nominates a Prime Minister and his Deputies representing the three regions to form a government that should be endorsed by the HOR. The Prime Minister and his two Deputies approve together the decisions of the Council of Ministers.
  3. After the formation of the Presidential Council, a Committee of Experts and Intellectuals is formed to draft a Constitution for the country by consensus, after which Presidential and Parliamentary elections take place based on the adopted Constitution that determines the form of the state and its political system.
  4. The Libyan National Armed Forces play their part to protect this homeland and its security, while no party will undermine them in any way. The new Presidential Council collectively takes over the duties of the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces during this phase.
  5. The HOR continues to exercise its mandate as an elected legislative authority until a new Parliament is elected.
  6. The President of the Presidential Council and the Prime Minister will not be from the same region.
  7. The President and his Deputies are not entitled to run for the Presidency of the State in the first Presidential elections.
  8. The Armed Forces have the right to nominate the Minister of Defense.

The HOR Speaker considered that it is necessary to take the opinion of the Libyan people who have the first and last word in determining the fate of the country. He called upon the UN to start inviting the social fabric leaders and political elites chosen by the three regions to choose and nominate those who shall represent them in the Presidential Council, and remove the parties that do not want to reach a just solution to the Libyan crisis, and were even behind the tragedies, injustices, and corruption suffered by Libya.

Chancellor Aguila Saleh concluded his speech by saying: “We hope that all countries, the UN Secretary-General and the Security Council to support this proposal. We are ready along with national forces and political elites to provide sincere advice to decide on the figures who can overcome and solve the problems and issues of this country. We hope that our colleagues in the HOR will be the first to support this proposal.”

© Al Marsad English (2020)