Libya: Parliament suspends session without crisis breakthrough


Libya LibyaLibya’s parliament suspended its session until next week on Tuesday. The Parliament did not cast a vote on any of the proposals raised on Monday for handling the aftermath of last week’s delayed election.

The parliamentary session was held in Tobruk, a port city on the eastern Mediterranean coast. On Monday and Tuesday, the session represented a first effort by Libya’s fractured political class to move forward after the election was delayed following disputes over the rules. Monday’s session was held amid arguments after various proposals were raised to push back the election date. Different parties also demanded to look at restructuring the GNU (Government of National Unity) and considering constitutional changes.

On Tuesday’s session, parties were expected to cast votes on those proposals. However, the session got suspended without a vote on any of the proposals. Reportedly, the parliament spokesman did not give any reason for the suspension of the session. The parliamentary committee has been part of an assembly based in eastern Libya since 2014.

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The electoral process, the future of the GNU, and Prime Minister Abdulhamid al-Dbeibah all depended on Tuesday’s session of the Parliament. Prime Minister’s eligibility as a presidential candidate was a major cause of disagreement in the run-up to the election. The suspension left question marks about the fate of the poll.

On Monday, United Nations (UN) special envoy Stephanie Williams spoke to Reuters on this matter. Williams said that the main focus should be on moving forward with elections as Libya’s citizens want this election. In this week’s session, more than 100 parliament members were present.

Last year, presidential and parliamentary elections were devised through an UN-backed political roadmap. It was a part of a plan to end a decade of chaos and violence in Libya since the 2011 NATO-backed uprising that ousted Muammar Gaddafi.



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