High Council of State to discuss alternative options for Libyan Political Agreement in case of failure

High Council of State to discuss alternative options for Libyan Political Agreement in case of failure

November 21, 2017 - 18:26
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Written By: HousamNajjair

The High Council of State (HCS) announced that it will hold a meeting on Wednesday to discuss the initiative of a comprehensive solution to amend the Libyan Political Agreement (LPA).

The HCS will also discuss a proposal to hold early elections under the supervision of a downsized government of technocrats within six months, in the event of ongoing negotiations to agree on the amendment of the LPA in Tunisia under the auspices of the United Nations fail.

The head of the HCS, AbdulRahman Suwaheli, said in a statement issued last Friday that the HCS is keen on the success of negotiations to amend the LPA through achieving full consensus and partnership with the House of Representatives (HoR), which ensures a political balance leading to peace and stability, adding that in the event of the failure of the negotiations, early elections could be implemented as an alternative.

The initiative of a comprehensive vision to amend the LPA is an initiative that was launched by a number of members of the HCS and the HoR after recent meetings hosted in the Egyptian capital Cairo.

The comprehensive vision gives the HCS the right to choose one member of the Presidential Council, while the HoR selects candidates to fill the other two posts.

The three candidates are to be selected from the three regions of the country, and that the candidate for the region is to be recommended by at least 40% of the MPs of that same region.

The initiative also gives the Presidential Council the status of the Supreme Commander of the Libyan Army with unanimous decisions. The initiative provides a ten day period for the president of the appointed government to form his proposed government, then the names will be submitted to the Presidency Council, which must then transfer it within three days to the HoR to grant their confidence within ten days of receiving the formation.

The HoR can deny their vote of confidence to the new government one time only.

It is worth noting that a number of members of the HCS, including Musa Faraj, head of the HCS dialogue team, have rejected the initiative of the comprehensive vision in the past, considering it unrealistic and impartial, adding that although some of the MPs represent the two bodies, i.e. the HCS and HoR, they in fact belong to one political trend. The comprehensive vision, as they describe it, represents the vision of their trend alone and is not a realistic vision for a political solution in Libya.