The Address | Benghazi – Libya
BENGHAZI – Spokesperson of the General Command of the Libyan National Army (LNA), Ahmed al-Mesmari, said, in an interview with Asharq al-Awsat newspaper, that the post of “Supreme Commander of the Army” may consist of three persons, in the event of modifying the current formation of the presidential council, from a president with eight deputies to a president with two deputies only.
The statement came amid speculations that there is a domestic and international desire to restructure the presidential council separating it from the prime minister, thus ending multiple executive authorities and the resulting division in several institutions.
Late October, Libyan military figures held a meeting sponsored by Egypt in Cairo, in which they agreed to form a “Supreme Command of the Army”.
Asked about the delay in signing a final agreement between the Libyan military in Cairo, Mismari said it was supposed to be signed at a previous meeting after “we agreed on everything.” However, he added, obstacles are coming from the western region because some officers insist on adopting the agreement suggested from Sarraj and not the House of Representatives.
“We believe that the Parliament’s idea should be adopted regarding what we have reached to unify the army given that it is the legislative body in the state,” he noted.
Regarding the restructuring of the presidential council, Mismari explained that “if the council is restructured into a president and two deputies, the three may become the supreme leader, and thus the supreme command will be assumed by those three.”
“I think that either restructuring or going directly to elections will solve many problems, and we, in the General Command, demand that we go to elections,” he concluded.