112 MPs Express Reservations on UNSMIL’s Selection of LPDF Participants, Reject any Unelected Legislative Body – Al Marsad

112 members of the House of Representatives (HoR) in Tobruk and other boycotters and dissidents in Tripoli confirmed in a statement today, Tuesday, that they follow the activities of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) held in Tunisia under the supervision of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL).

(Libya, 10 November 2020) – The MPs expressed in their statement that they welcome any peaceful and comprehensive solution to the country’s crisis, completely ruling out the option of war.

However, they expressed reservations, stressing several criteria and foundations that they deem necessary to form key pillars for the outcomes of the LPDF, including the following:

1. The Libyan House of Representatives expresses reservations about the mechanism by which the participants in the dialogue forum were selected, as there are invited personalities who do not represent any popular base, or any existing legitimate authority. Moreover, the dialogue teams selected by both the Libyan House of Representatives and the Supreme Council of the State have been bypassed. The Libyan Parliament, hereby, emphasizes the need for the UNSMIL to exercise its powers specified in its establishment decision (Resolution No. 2009 of 2011), and abide by it, and not to override the Constitutional Declaration, the Libyan Political Agreement and the powers stipulated to the Libyan House of Representatives

2. The Libyan House of Representatives rejects the creation of an unelected legislative body, or the continued existence of the Dialogue Committee after the end of its duties, while emphasizing the parliament’s commitment to any government formed in terms of granting confidence, withdrawing it, and monitoring its work.

3. The Libyan Parliament has repeatedly rejected the continuation of the transitional stages and stressed the need for the people to exercise their right to choose who governs them and who represents them, and in the referendum on the draft constitution, but the parliament accepted a final transitional phase as a solution to the crisis, ending the conflict and unifying state institutions, and that should not go beyond any agreement, or confiscate the Libyan people’s right and surpass those who represent them.

4. The Libyan Parliament affirms the necessity of adhering to a timetable in the stage to be drawn up, and that the agreement should stipulate that exceeding the scheduled time will result in the loss of the legitimacy of the Executive Authority.

5. Engaging in political dialogue and implementing its outcomes must take place in conjunction with the security and military track, in which no development has taken place so far, and any breach of obligations related to the military track will result in the collapse of the agreement and the peaceful solution. Therefore, the House of Representatives believes that these foundations must be the pillars of any agreement, and that any transgression of them will contribute to complicating the scene and deepening the crisis by adding bodies that lack the necessary legitimacy. The Libyan Parliament also stresses the need for the outputs of the agreement to be free of any obligation. The above mentioned points must be taken into account in order for any agreement to be of value, or it will be merely an ink on paper.

The statement indicated that these foundations should be the pillars of any agreement, stressing that any violation thereof will complicate the scene and deepen the crisis by adding bodies that lack the necessary legitimacy. In this way, the outcome of the agreement shall be not binding, noting that what has been mentioned in the statement must be taken into account lest any such agreement would is nullified.

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