The Presidential Council has issued a brief statement to comment on the Friday protests in different cities in Libya, saying that it is always convening until it sees the desire for change by Libyans martialized.
The Presidential Council (PC) added that it is also following closely the protests of the people in demand for change and a new elected government, saying it wouldn't disappoint Libyans' desire for living safely in a stable country.
While the PC did not reveal its clear position on the protests and demonstrations that took place in cities in the east and west of the country, observers believe that what happened on Friday was a political strategy called for by several local and foreign parties, which is freezing the mandate of the House of Representatives and the High Council of State, forming a mini-government and calling for elections, but the PC is hesitant in taking such a decision.
Several cities in Libya, including Tripoli, Tobruk, Benghazi, Misrata and Sebha, saw angry protests on Friday , when the protesters accused the House of Representatives (HoR) of failing to play its legislative and oversight role during the past years, criticizing the extension of its term in office and delaying the holding of elections. They also called on the HoR members to resign.
One of the protests in Tobruk saw the storming of the HoR headquarters, vandalizing it and setting some of its parts on fire.
Protests that were held in different cities at the same time came under the slogan "Friday of the Cry of Youth", and the organizers demanded that the Presidential Council or the Supreme Judicial Council be authorized to dissolve all political bodies and declare a state of emergency in Libya.
The calls for protests to demand the dissolution of political bodies have increased in the recent period, especially with the formation of a parallel government, the crisis of closing oil ports, and the worsening electricity crisis.