House of Representatives fails to elect new governor for Central Bank of Libya, MPs suspend membership in protest

House of Representatives fails to elect new governor for Central Bank of Libya, MPs suspend membership in protest

April 25, 2017 - 21:00
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Written By: AbdullahBenIbrahim

31 members from Tobruk-based House of Representatives suspended their membership on Tuesday in protest against the parliament’s failure to elect a new governor for the Central Bank of Libya.

The MPs attributed the failure to the second deputy president of the parliament; the presiding officer of today’s meeting, which was expected to name a new governor.

“We were surprised that the presiding officer changed the course of the scheduled meeting from electing a new governor to delivering speeches and postponement of election process,” the MPs said in a statement.

According to the statement, 42 MPs out of 74 had voted in a previous meeting in favor of electing a new governor on Tuesday.

They held the speaker of the parliament and his deputies responsible for what they called “aggravation of the financial crisis in the country."

The protesting MPs said their membership will remain suspended until reforms are made to the president’s office and a new governor for the Central Bank of Libya is elected.

 

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