Libya the future | Talks for Libyan leaders in Cairo and Ankara

Libya the future | Talks for Libyan leaders in Cairo and Ankara
Libya the future | Talks for Libyan leaders in Cairo and Ankara

Future Libya (The New Arab): The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aguila Saleh, arrived in Cairo today, Wednesday, in conjunction with the arrival of the Prime Minister-designate of the House of Representatives, Fathi Pashaga, to the Turkish capital, Ankara, according to identical Libyan sources.

According to sources close to the parliament and the state, who spoke to Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, Saleh’s visit to Cairo comes in preparation for the resumption of negotiations between him and the head of the Supreme Council of State, Khaled Al-Mashri, who arrived in Cairo yesterday, to discuss the constitutional framework for the elections postponed since the end of the year. Last year, Bashagha will meet high-ranking officials from the Government of National Unity in Ankara.

While the same sources confirmed that the constitutional basis for the elections will be on the table for discussion between Saleh and Al-Mashri, it has not yet been confirmed whether the file of the governmental crisis between the two governments of national unity and assigned by the House of Representatives is on the agenda of the meeting between them.

In the past, Cairo hosted more than one meeting between Saleh and Al-Mashri, and before that it hosted all the work of the joint constitutional committee between the two chambers, without all of these negotiations producing any tangible results regarding the elections or resolving the government crisis.

In a recent context, the information of sources close to the national unity governments and mandated by the House of Representatives coincided about the arrival of Bashagha and high-ranking officials from the Dabaiba government to Ankara at a Turkish invitation, explaining that the purpose of the visit was to conduct negotiations on settling the government dispute.

The Turkish Anadolu Agency reported that Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu met today, Wednesday, with the Deputy Prime Minister of the Libyan National Unity Government, Ramadan Abu Jinnah, where the two sides assessed “developments in Libya and the electoral process,” according to what the Turkish minister wrote on Twitter. .

Dabaiba had confirmed, during his meeting with a number of social and political leaders from Misurata, on Tuesday, that “the hand is still extended to the opponents to work together to bring Libya to safety.”

While Dabaiba stressed that his government’s goal is the elections, and that it is still waiting for the constitutional rule to carry out its tasks entrusted to it regarding the elections, the notables of Misurata, to which Bashagha also belongs, stressed their refusal to drag the city into the quagmire of fighting and strife.

On the other hand, members of the “Parliamentarians Against Extension” bloc in the House of Representatives announced their welcome to the proposal submitted by a group of members of the Supreme Council of State regarding resolving the political impasse in the country.

While the members of the parliamentary bloc called for the need to end the transitional stages and the exit of the current political bodies, by bringing the country to safety through a referendum on the draft constitution, they affirmed their support for “any constitutional legal path that leads to restoring the trust to the people through holding elections.”

About 60 members of the Supreme Council of State had proposed, during a joint statement yesterday, Tuesday, the holding of legislative elections in the first stage, leading to a parliament from which a government would emerge,” with the main task of the new parliament being “the completion of the constitutional merit and the holding of presidential elections.”

According to the members’ point of view, which they summarized in a statement issued yesterday, Tuesday, “it is possible to hold legislative elections based on Law No. 4 of 2012 issued by the National Transitional Council, without the need to adopt a new law or a constitutional rule.”

The members’ statement suggested holding legislative elections “before the end of the current year, if possible,” while leaving this matter to the High National Elections Commission, in order to “set the appropriate date for holding them.”

It is noteworthy that the Libyans failed to hold presidential and parliamentary elections that were scheduled for the end of December last year, due to a dispute over the constitutional basis organizing them, as well as due to the candidacy of personalities for the presidential elections described as controversial, led by Colonel Gaddafi’s son, Saif al-Islam, and the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces in In the east of the country, Khalifa Haftar, and the head of the national unity government, Abdel Hamid Dabaiba.

The dispute centered on the conditions for running for the presidency, and in particular the issue of whether or not dual nationals and military personnel should be excluded. The failure of the elections resulted in a government conflict that began after the House of Representatives assigned a new government last February, headed by Fathi Bashagha, which was rejected by the Dabaiba government, which refuses to hand over power except to an elected party. The conflict developed to the extent that clashes erupted in the center of Tripoli and its outskirts last Saturday between gunmen supporting the two parties, which led to the killing of 32 people, the wounding of 159, and damage to public and private property. It also resulted in the departure of the armed factions loyal to Bashagha from the capital.

Source: The New Arab

The article is in Arabic

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