Al-Mishri rejects "war criminal Haftar's" presidential bid

Al-Mishri rejects "war criminal Haftar's" presidential bid

September 25, 2021 - 19:33
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

The Head of the Libyan High Council of State (HCS) Khalid Al-Mishri said "we reject the candidacy of Khalifa Haftar for Libya's December elections as he is wanted for criminal lawsuits inside and outside the country".

Al-Mishri added in an interview with France 24 TV on Friday that he expects a solution will be found regarding the elections laws in Libya after the HCS has rejected the attempts of the House of Representatives (HoR) to work outside the constitutional texts and not consult with the HCS in devising elections laws.

He also said that the HoR didn't commit lately to the constitutional texts and its internal laws, adding that it was operating as per the mood of the Speaker, Aqila Saleh, who passed elections laws in violation of the law, and illegally delayed the budget of the government.

"The HoR hasn't held a legal quorum session since 2018 and this hasn't happened at any of the world's parliaments." Al-Mishri said, adding that regarding the no-confidence vote the HoR made of the government, he believed that any body coming from consensus and accord agreements cannot remove an elected body like the parliament, but the Libyan people and the government can pressure all the bodies to settle their issues.

He also said that the HoR and the HCS are both working as "two parts of one machine. Yet, the awful performance of the HoR caused the HCS a lot of troubles, despite the HCS’s commitment to all of its promises."