Aguila Saleh: Militia Control of the CBL and GNA Has Caused Libya’s Financial Chaos – Al Marsad

The Speaker of the House of Representative (HoR), Chancellor Aguila Saleh warned in a statement on Friday, of the difficult phase that Libya is going through and the external and internal agendas aimed, as he put it, to perpetuate the chaos in the country and plunder its wealth.

“There will be elections in municipal councils at the earliest time, and then we will work on setting constitutional and legal rules for presidential and parliamentary elections during the period specified in the Cairo Declaration.”— Aguila Saleh

(Libya, 11 September 2020) – Chancellor Aguila Saleh added that Libya is experiencing financial hardship due to the armed militias’ control of the Central Bank of Libya (CBL) and the Sarraj government. “The citizens do not receive even their simplest daily needs in a truly rich country. Add to this the external interference and the division of state institutions, which have deteriorated the living conditions and services. The Libyan government headed by Abdullah Al-Thini has not received anything from the oil and gas income,” indicated the statement.

Libya’s Speaker affirmed that the HoR is working to unify state institutions, form a unified national government, and distribute positions of institutions and bodies according to the historic regions of Libya as per the custom prevailing since the independence of Libya in 1951 so far, and the outcomes of the Berlin Conference and the Cairo Declaration.

He added: “We also affirm that we know what the people suffer in terms of the lack of liquidity, outages, and deterioration of services. In order for the citizens to obtain their rights, we see that the solution is the formation of a single new authority that gains the confidence of the people and the support of the international community. We affirm the HoR’s keenness to build a state of law and corporate institutions. The political and civil rights of all citizens stem from the right to run for office, vote, and participate in decision-making.”

On holding the elections at an unspecified date, he said: “There will be elections in municipal councils at the earliest time, and then we will work on setting constitutional and legal rules for presidential and parliamentary elections during the period specified in the Cairo Declaration.”

Regarding the demonstrations that took place in the cities of the eastern region that are under the control of the Libyan government, he said: “In response to the citizens’ demands, we called on the government and its affiliated bodies to meet to address the realization of the citizens legitimate demands and to find out the causes of deficiencies, shortcomings, and delays in providing the citizens’ needs.”

“We also instruct the regulatory authorities to immediately investigate any suspicions of corruption and announce the results as soon as possible to clarify the obstacles and problems encountered by the government in carrying out its duties. This will make the citizens assist the government and cooperate with it when they know it is working for the public interest. In this way, the people will participate in all stages of development,” stated Saleh.

In his statement, Aguila Saleh affirmed his commitment to the ceasefire announced in Cairo and the importance to distribute wealth fairly and to work for the removal of mercenaries and the dismantling of armed militias, indicating that the meeting in Morocco was not for distributing positions among people as it is rumored, but rather for dividing sovereign institutions among regions of Libya. The formation of the Presidential Council and the government will be on this basis to ensure that no region is marginalized,” asserted Saleh.

The Speaker concluded by affirming that the right to peaceful protest is a constitutional right recommending protesters not to attack public and private property, but rather preserve and protect it. “Although your armed forces are committed to the ceasefire, they remain ready to respond to any aggression or breach by any party at any time,” stated Saleh.

© Al-Marsad English (2020)