Libyan political dialogue committee agrees to amend political agreement

Libyan political dialogue committee agrees to amend political agreement

January 24, 2017 - 19:26
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

The Libyan political dialogue committee agreed on six proposals to amend the Libyan Political Agreement (LPA) that was signed in Skhirat, Morocco, on December 17, 2015.

The committee, which kicked off the deliberations on Sunday in Hammamet, Tunisia and ended them on Tuesday, agreed to reshuffle the Presidential Council to include only three members, who would assume the positions stated by the LPA and make decisions based on consensus among them.

“The Head of the Government of National Accord will be picked from outside the Presidential Council and he will be responsible for the executive authority along with the ministers.” The committee stated in its final statement.

It added that a new position – a council – is going to be formed to be appointed as the Chief Commander of the Libyan Army.

“The council will consist of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Head of the High Council of State, and a member from the three members of the Presidential Council,” the committee explained, adding that they should adopt a consensus policy for taking decisions.

According to the new proposals, the membership of the HCS will be expanded as per the elections of July 07, 2012, taking into consideration engaging all of the electoral centers in Libya.

“The Constitution Drafting Assembly must finish its work in one month from the day these amendments get signed.” The dialogue committee indicated, adding that the HoR should approve the Government of National Accord before the signing takes place by the dialogue parties in order to make sure that the amendments will be included and dealt with seriously.

Most of the political stakeholders in Libya have previously expressed disagreement with the outcome of the meetings of the dialogue committee, including the Presidential Council, whose spokesman said the committee is not entitled to amend the Libyan Political Agreement.

Likewise, the HoR did not send a delegation to take part in the Hammamet meeting, while the HCS had already announced it rejection for expanding its membership to include the General National Congress’s members elected in 2012.