Libya dialogue meetings end up with three-member Presidential Council and separate government
The two committees of the House of Representatives (HoR) and the High Council of State (HCS) have come to terms regarding a new Presidential Council with only three members and a separate government.
The committees, which are tasked to negotiate amending the Libyan Political Agreement (LPA) were at accord in their sixth meeting in Tunisia regarding the new proposal, while after the meeting, the Head of the UNSMIL Ghassan Salame said in a presser that he was very pleased that the committees had reached an accord about the crucial points that necessitate amendment in the Libyan Political Agreement.
"The two committees will return and consult their councils in order to return to the second round a week later." Salame added.
Local media reported as well on Saturday that according to the UNSMIL, the selection of the three members will be by voting at the HoR and the HCS to choose one from each and then both of the councils will have to agree on a third person to complete the Presidential Council's membership.
Whereas, another method for selection is choosing the members based on the three Libyan regions -Tripoli members from the two councils choose one, Cyrenaica region’s members as well as the southern region (Fizzan) choose one each.
Meanwhile, few details were given about the negotiations about other issues related to military and sovereign institutions as well as the fate of the controversial Article 08 of the LPA, which more than once was a point of argument among the Libyan conflicting parties.
Relatedly, the member of the HCS Ahmed Langi has told Libyan local media that Article 08 means nothing in the negotiations; neither now nor in the future.
"There had been some talks between the House of the Representatives and the High Council of State’s committees that aimed at unifying the military institutions in Libya, adding that the step needs consensus among all military leaderships in the country, in addition to more efforts to bring all those leaderships on one table." Langi told Alnabaa TV Channel on Friday from Tunisia.