By Dr. Abdul-Hamid Nimai, political researcher and writer
The initiative of Serraj: an extension of the presidency or an extension of the crisis
Serraj's initiative, Skhirat agreement and the political discourse of Gaddafi are all based on one mentality and one theory.
Gaddafi always kept droning on about the unity of the Arab world while doing everything he could to undermine Arab unity, and he went on about religion and Islam while doing everything that would distort Islam and alienate people from understanding the right Islam. He talks about freedom and emancipation while in contrast; he turned the Libyans, according to the description of Shukri Ghanem, to “a community of beggars who derive their livelihood from the gifts and grants of the regime".
The Skhirat agreement was not established to be practical, but it was designed to lead Libya to a stage of disintegration and collapse.
The architects of the Skhirat agreement attached the effectiveness of the agreement on basic conditions that they know are impossible to include, such as including the agreement with the constitutional declaration, in addition to the adoption of the government by the House of Representatives.
Serraj was fully aware that the political agreement was not found to be implemented, in evidence that he did not even try to proceed the terms of the agreement of which the first was the cease fire, the second step was to revisit in the senior military, security, and civilian posts, and to vacate the cities from armed groups and the withdraw of weapons.
All of who speak about the Skhirat agreement today speaks of a hypothetical, imaginary project that does not reflect the reality in Libya.
The initiative is based on holding parliamentary and presidential elections, but that requires for the House of Representatives and the High Council of State to come together and form committees to consult with a new draft law for the elections.
Does Serraj, as a member of the House of Representatives, believe that this parliament is able to meet and form a committee to prepare the bill now?
Is there a possibility that the House of Representatives and the State Council will agree on the draft law?
Is there a possibility for the House of Representatives to take a decision?
Is there a possibility that the new electoral law will be accepted by the political parties in Libya?
If the initiative provided for the holding of elections in accordance with the current laws with its imperfections and contradictions, then it is fair to say that the owners of the initiative are truly seeking to hold elections with the possibility to carry it out with strong international support. But the reference to a new electoral law means that the initiators consider the existing electoral law is in the rule of the abolitionist.
Therefore, Serraj is like someone who asks you to drive a car after removing the engine, so from where does he get the right to abolish a law issued by an elected legislative authority. Such an item is considered a mine tucked between the lines and it will be enough to blow up the initiative altogether.
The second obstacle, which is no less significant, lies in tying the initiative with the formation of committees to submit a draft constitutional amendment concerning the competence of some official bodies, here again, it is not expected from the committees to succeed in submitting a project, just like what happened with the Committee of 60, nor the House of Representative would approve the project even if the required majority is present.
I cannot believe that Mr. Serraj or his assistant team could miss such considerations.
Finally, the initiative includes an indirect extension of the Presidential Council. It is understood that the Council's term ends in December 2017. Thanks to this initiative, the Council will indefinitely continue because its duration has become linked to the completion of the elections, which is far-reaching under the current circumstances. Is this the central objective of the initiative? Probably yes.
So, for whose benefit is it to waste more time? Moreover, in whose interest is it to drive the Libyan state into more disintegration and breakdown?
We, dear readers, do not need a new initiative as much as we need someone that fears' God in us.
Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the writer, and do not necessarily reflect those of the Libya Observer