Aqilah Saleh criticizes Presidential Council’s statement, accuses it of claiming what it doesn’t legally have

Aqilah Saleh criticizes Presidential Council’s statement, accuses it of claiming what it doesn’t legally have

April 30, 2016 - 23:08
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

The Speaker of the Tobruk-based House of Representatives, Aqilah Saleh, has sharply criticized the statement of the UN-proposed government’s Presidential Council, saying that the statement adds to the division in Libya and systematic violations of the political agreement as well as doubts the patriotism of the Libyan army.

Saleh strongly condemned Friday the PC’s statement, which he called disastrous as it spoiled the HoR’s efforts to bridge the gap among the members by the 6+6 committee. He explained that it had ignored the constitution's privileges and thus gave itself a title that it doesn’t have (Commander in Chief), pointing out that the PC must be reminded that it is one of the bodies of the political agreement. Hence, all its decisions and statements are illegitimate constitutionally and legally as the political agreement has not been yet endorsed nor has it been included as a constitutional amendment, Aqilah added.

Aqilah regarded the PC’s statement as an excuse against the pro-agreement HoR members as they agreed to remove article (08) from the appendix rules of the Skhirat agreement that strips HoR members of the title “Chief Commander” and gives it to he PC. However, despite the removal, the PC is working as unconstitutionally as before and is claiming the title based upon the statement issued by those HoR members.

Aqilah also said that the UN envoy to Libya, Martin Kobler, does not commit himself to his job as a UN envoy only and he has started to intervene in the domestic affairs of Libya repeatedly taking sides with certain UN agreement parties over others, which is a violation to his job as a UN mediator.

It is worth mentioning that Aqilah Saleh and other members loyal to him intentionally prevented the HoR members from holding a meeting to endorse the UN-proposed government and include the political agreement in the constitutional declaration, which pushed some of the members to issue a statement in favor of the UN-proposed government calling its members to be sworn in outside Tobruk.