Aguila Saleh Calls on International Community to Punish Turkey for Refusing to Remove Troops from Libya – Al Marsad

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Chancellor Aguila Saleh, said that the interim Government of National Unity (GNU) did not unify institutions, depriving the participation of all regions in power, from ministers to embassies to investment companies. Saleh said the GNU focused administration in one place and has ended up increasing centralization.

(LIBYA, 20 August 2021) – Chancellor Aguila Saleh, during an interview with All-Russian Television and Radio Broadcasting Company, said regarding holding of the December elections that, from a legal and legislative point of view, Libya has a constitutional declaration, and that this declaration is considered a constitution until it is amended by a permanent constitution for the country. Therefore, explained Saleh, this constitutional declaration defines the state’s institutions, their powers, their competencies, rights, freedoms, and basic economic, social and political components, and it regulates such matters.

CONSTITUTIONAL DECLARATION RESOLUTIONS PROVIDES FOR DIRECT PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS

He said that the House of Representatives (HoR) Resolution No. (5) of 2014 included in the constitutional declaration, states clearly that the Libyan people are the ones who directly elect the head of state—and therefore the method of electing the president is found in the constitutional declaration.

He pointed out that the law on electing the president in terms of powers and conditions, is currently before the HoR, and it is expected within this week or next to issue the law for the election of the president, and the law for the election of the House of Representatives. “It is not permissible for any group whatsoever to set a rule and call it constitutional,” said Saleh, pointing that there are ways to establish constitutions and therefore a return to the constitutional declaration must be made.

The Speaker of the Libyan Parliament said: “The House of Representatives is the authority exclusively competent to issue legislation.” He expects the elections to be held on schedule on 24 December. “The Libyan people want elections, and they are the only way out of the Libyan crisis,” said Saleh, adding that if the elections are not held, the country may be exposed to division and return to chaos again.

THE GNU 2021 BUDGET 

With regard to the GNU’s 2021 budget, Saleh explained that the government presented a budget of 100 billion dinars, and then reduced it to 96 billion dinars, which was reviewed by the HoR. The HoR noted that the budget chapter on development was vague and lacked detail on proposed expenditure, so it decided to approve chapter one on salaries and the other chapters, except the chapter on development.

The HoR asked the GNU to detail the expenditure requested in  development chapter, and during this time the GNU requested the HoR that it postpones considering the budget because it was in the process of amending it further. Saleh said that last week, the Dbaiba government presented an amended budget of 111 billion dinars, which was referred to the HoR’s Planning and Finance Committee for study in accordance with the law, and then submit its report to the parliamentarians.

Chancellor Saleh noted that the GNU spends 1/12 of the budget and that it does not need the budget, but rather the budget is a law to provide legal cover for these expenses. Saleh also pointed out that the amount specified for the armed forces is a too small and not commensurate with its tasks and is not sufficient to support and equip it to protect the country and public order.

TURKEY MUST REMOVE ITS FORCES FROM LIBYA

Saleh renewed his demand for the exit of foreign forces from Libyan territory, calling on the international community to punish Turkey and oblige it to remove its forces from Libya. He said that the justification for its existence was the illegal agreement concluded with the government of Fayez Al-Sarraj, who did not have the right to conclude such treaties. He stressed that such treaties must be approved by the HoR, which rejected the agreement signed between Turkey and the GNA and considered them as null and void.

Chancellor Saleh also praised Russia’s role in supporting the legitimacy represented in the HoR. “Russia has old friendly relations [with Libya] and its position in the Security Council was clear, bold, and supportive of the elected legitimate authority,” he said, adding that Russia is currently required to support the Presidential and Parliamentary elections.

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