A TURN IN LIBYA: 101 DEPUTIES OF THE TOBRUK PARLIAMENT APPROVE THE NATIONAL UNITY GOVERNMENT

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Libya makes another step forward towards a national unity government. 101 deputies of the Tobruk Parliament have signed a joint document supporting the executive presented by Prime Minister Fayez al Sarraj. The latter was appointed on 15 February and was asked to convene a new ratification in Jufra, in the center of the country. The statement was signed as a reaction to the decision to put off next week’s vote of confidence. It is a decisive step forward if we consider that Tobruk failed the last team proposed by al Sarraj.

Members of the Parliament who support the unity government reported that they had been insulted and threatened by a dozen of deputies from Cyrenaica, who seem to have forced the president of the Assembly, Agila Saleh, to cancel the session and postpone the vote. A deputy, Fauzia Abughalya, wrote on Facebook that when he reached the Parliament, “some members, representatives of Cyrenaica, were asking other members not to enter” so as not to reach the quorum for the vote (93 deputies). When there were between 97 and 100 deputies present who were ready to support the government, the representatives of Cyrenaica reached the president’s seat, preventing him “physically” from carrying on the vote, according to the reconstruction reported today on Libyan sites.

“A minority prevented the majority from exercising their democratic right to vote on a national unity government,” confirmed another deputy, Abubaker Ahmed Saeed. “We know that this government will not be able to do much will it satisfy all the parties – Abughalya admitted -, but it is the stone on a fair way to give our State, army, and police forces a new life to combat terrorism and make migrants return to their homes. Our goal is to have a united and democratic Libyan State, not a tribal or a regional State”.

The UN representative in Libya, Martin Kobler, said he is satisfied with the results and invited “the leadership from the Tobruk Parliament to formalize the declaration of the majority of its members that approved the national unity government.”

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