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Al-Hadi al-Saqhir reveals details of the new agreement between HoR and HCS

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

BENGHAZI – A member of the Dialogue Committee on the House of Representatives, Al-Hadi al-Saqhir, revealed, during his interview with Libya Al-Hadath, new details of  the agreement between the House of Representatives and the High Council of State on a change for the Presidential Council.

“The UN mission was pessimistic and unconvinced that we would reach this agreement and UN representative Ghassan Salamé was surprised that we had come to that,” He said.

“Everyone was pessimistic and what is important to us is to modify the structure of the Presidential Council from a president, two deputies, and a separate government from the council; in order to achieve unification of institutions in Libya in the east, west and south,” he added.

Al-Saqhir affirmed that this agreement resulted from previous dialogues held in Tripoli, pointing out that holding all dialogues inside Libya is a positive step in the right direction.

“As a deputy for the southern region, this division in Libya  affects the people of the south the most; and what happened in the area of al-Fuqaha is nothing but an evidence of that.” He said

“I appeal to the General Commander [Field Marshal Haftar] to send support to those areas to confront the terrorist groups that have been killing and looting in several areas of the south of Libya.” He stated.

On the names that may be proposed for the Presidency of the Presidential Council and membership, said al-Saqhir: “We do not care for names, whether the President of the Presidential Council would be Fayez al-Sarraj or Aguila Saleh or others. What is important to us is the unification of executive authority.”

“During my meeting with chairman of the High Council of State, Khaled al-Mishri and some members, I personally felt that there was a sense of patriotism that may have been absent for some time,” he said, “everyone is looking for unity of efforts, and everyone is tired of killings and political conflicts which ordinary citizen complain about.”

“Perhaps we who are in power in Libya do not feel what the citizen feels. This is a fact that must be said. We are not like the ordinary citizen. Maybe the services come to us, so they accuse us and they are right, but everyone in Libya diagnoses the disease and does not give us the solution we follow. ” He said.

In response to skepticism about the implementation of this agreement, Al-Saghir said: “Why are they pessimistic They must be optimistic and call on God to fulfill this agreement, which will unite the Libyans. ”

“There is no alternative solution. The alternative is to hold elections. I do not object to the elections, but who will supervises them?… in the south, we can not protect the ballot boxes. I can not protect myself in my house”, he added.

“There is no state, there are no state institutions, you are asking for impossible things. Let’s go to elect one president who has the power to legislate in Libya,” he said.

Al-Saghir explained that the dialogue committee has formed electoral gatherings. The members representing each region in each council will select a representative of the region in the Presidential Council. Any candidate for the Presidential Council must receive 40 percent of votes of the members of the House of Representatives and the High Council of State. Al-Saghir stressed that the candidacy will be open to all and not limited to the members of both HoR and HCS.

Speaking about the current president of the Presidential Council of the Government of National Accord, al-Saghir said: “It was the Libyans brought Al-Sarraj, and no other country. This is a historical fact and they [Libyans] have imposed it on the international community.”

He added, “It was Libyan parties from the House of Representatives and members of the National Congress and civil society institutions that pushed for al-Sarraj, [These parties] were selected to be part of the negotiating team in Skhirat, where the agreement was to select a President of the Presidential Council from members of the House of Representatives representing Tripoli. In order for him to enter the capital without facing any problems or objections, especially that he is the son of the city. ”

Al-Saghir revealed that it was agreed in “behind the scenes” that the presidency of the three main posts (the House of Representatives, the Presidential Council and the Prime Minister) will be distributed over the three Libyan regions.

Regarding the controversial eighth article of the political agreement in the Skhirat and the powers of senior military and security positions, Al-Saghir said, “when we negotiated with the High Council of State, they felt that it was a controversial matter,” adding, “we have to go beyond it and stop discussing it and stop working on it in the arrangements for the new political agreement.”

He said that the implementation of the agreement was not set for a deadline, and he explained, “we in the House of Representatives had set 30 days to negotiate and we reached the agreement in 15 days.”

“Now we are waiting for the UN mission because it is the sponsor of the political agreement in Skhirat and therefore it has to have a supervisory role only on this agreement,” he said.

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