Libyan Mufti: It's flawed that UNSMIL selected LPDF members based on its criteria

Libyan Mufti: It's flawed that UNSMIL selected LPDF members based on its criteria

February 04, 2021 - 21:32
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

The Libyan Mufti, Sheikh Al-Saddiq Al-Gharyani, has criticized the ongoing Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF), saying its members don't represent the Libyan people as they were selected by the UNSMIL based on its own criteria, which he said was a very serious flaw.

Speaking on Tanasuh TV, Mufti Al-Gharyani said the LPDF members weren't selected as were their "fellow Libyans in Gharyan Conference 1920, when they wanted to form the Tripoli Government at the time, saying if UNSMIL did that, then some of the members would object to what the UNSMIL would decide at the LPDF, "which it wouldn't allow of course".

"UNSMIL wants some people who accept the carrot and stick approach. We are sorry to see that those individuals are deciding on Libya’s next interim period. It's a massive flaw that places Libya under the trusteeship of the international community and UNSMIL." The Mufti indicated.

He explained that Libya’s Fatwa House doesn't consider the LPDF members as representatives of the Libyan people, saying their selection was against Islamic Sharia and legal laws, saying if they can prove that they represent all Libyans, the Fatwa House would support them and take part in the LPDF.

"All those who attended Tunisia, Bouznika or Geneva dialogues were just competing to please the UN acting envoy Stephanie Williams, who is in control of the Libyan status quo." The Mufti said.

He explained that some of the figures who were part of Skhirat Agreement in 2015 are now involved in the LPDF, adding that "they are no representatives of the Libyan people. Skhirat was for 18 months, but went on for six years. We cannot believe those figures about holding elections by the year's end. We doubt that the ones who would be elected by the LPDF would even hand over power peacefully."