Divisions are increasing among parties to the UN-brokered Government of National Accord on the issue of allowing General Khalifa Haftar to keep his job as commander-in-chief of the Libyan National Army (LNA).
|The internationally-recognized Libyan House of Representatives(HoR) met recently and rejected the GNA. The GNA officials are to come back with a reduced list of names for cabinet members within a few days. The HoR also approved the LPA but only if section 8 were deleted. There are actually two sections 8, as explained in a recent article. One in additional provisions gave the senior officials, the Presidency Council of the GNA the role of commander in chief of the LNA back on December 17 when the LPA was signed. This section appears to have simply been ignored by almost everyone without explanation or even noting its existence. The other provision in the main text gives the role to the Presidential Council immediately upon the approval of the GNA by the HoR. A vote on the issue as well as on other issues should come within a few days. However, it is not at all certain the HoR will give a vote of confidence in the GNA unless they have ironclad assurances that Section 8 will be deleted|
“The HoR’s vote of confidence for the Government of the National Accord is no more than a formal procedure because the HoR has got no right to reject the new cabinet formation nor has it the right to amend it. On the contrary, it should consult the yet-to-be-formed Supreme State Council in matters of no-confidence votes as stated in article (01) from paragraph (05) in Skhirat agreement..The HoR got its legitimacy from the political agreement in Skhirat as per article (12), yet it spoke out reservations on article (08) from the appendix provisions, which are part of the agreement and objected to the ministerial cabinet formation given to it.”The Observer claims that those who signed the statement are anti-Haftar signatories of the LPA. Jason Pack of Libya-Analysis warns of the dangers of the developing situation:
The implicit endorsement of Haftar by GNA PM Fayez Serraj due to his visit could trigger violence between rival militias in the capital. The hardline faction controlling Tripoli, represented by a majority of the current members comprising the GNC, is still opposing the UN-mediated agreement, despite attempts by members of the GNC in the UN-mediated dialogue committee (Saleh Al-Makhzoum) to bring them on board. His attempts are even less likely to succeed given Serraj’s visit to Haftar.
"Misrata's revolutionaries support the consensual political project which will lead us to forming a government of concord on the condition that the controversial figures are excluded, which would guarantee our legal rights," the statement reads, in a clear reference to reneged General Khalifa Haftar.