Libyan parliament to hold plenary session in Sirte for vote of confidence in new interim government

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Mon, 15 Feb 2021 - 12:38 GMT

FILE - Speaker of Libyan House of Representatives Aguila Saleh

FILE - Speaker of Libyan House of Representatives Aguila Saleh

CAIRO – 15 February 2021: The Libyan House of Representatives, currently based in Tobruk, agreed to hold a plenary session in Sirte in order to carry out a vote of confidence in the new interim government, as reported by Al Arabiyah.

 

On Sunday, Prime Minister of the incumbent Government of National Accord (GNA) Fayez al-Sarraj left the country for an unknown period to an unknown destination assigning his duties to his deputy Ahmed Maitiq.

 

The Tripoli-based GNA formed in accordance with the Skhirat Agreement in 2014 was supposed to hold elections by 2017 but failed and continued in power controlling western Libya.

 

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) underlined on February 6 that new interim Prime Minister Abdel Hamid Dabiba has to form a government within 21 days, and that the Tobruk-based elected House of Representatives has to endorse it also within 21 days.

 

The transfer of power from Fayez al-Saraj government to the new government takes place once the endorsement is made. In case, the house did not endorse Dabiba’s government, the decision will be in the hands of the Libyan National Dialogue Forum.

 

The new Chair of the Presidential Council is Mohamed Menfi, and the other two members are Mossa Al-Koni, and Abdullah Al-Lafi. Dabiba-Menfi list received the necessary votes in the ballot held by the UN-fostered Libyan National Dialogue Forum Saturday, and its task is paving the way for the elections scheduled for December 24, 2021.

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