Libya: High Council of State Shows Deeper Dispute with Sarraj Government

Libya: High Council of State Shows Deeper Dispute with Sarraj Government

Wednesday, 14 February, 2018 - 14:30
Elements of the Libyan army roaming the streets of Benghazi last week (AFP)
Cairo- Khalid Mahmoud and Jamal Jawhar
Libya’s political rifts continued widening, despite the Tripoli-based High Council of State calling on the House of Representatives in Tobruk and the Government of National Accord to coordinate with other Libyan forces in overcoming difficulties hindering political agreement.

Among prominent issues facing the Libyan political atmosphere is the restructuring of the executive branch in order to provide conditions necessary to achieve the constitutional and electoral entitlement.

In a statement, the Council said that this invitation to the Tobruk-based government and the GNA came because of the inability of the current Presidential Council headed by GNA Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj to do most of its tasks, foremost ending institutional division.

The differences coincided with a heated warning by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, during a press conference with his Kuwaiti counterpart, saying that ISIS in Damascus and Syria began to disappear and seek reformation in safe havens in other places, including Libya.

GNA Foreign Minister Mohamed Siala said that the danger of ISIS continues to threaten the security and stability of Libya and its neighbors.

He said that in his speech during a high-end conference designated to counter terror group ISIS, held in Kuwait in the presence and participation of 70 countries and four international organizations and bodies.

ISIS still poses a threat to Libya today, said the GNA diplomat.

He also cited political divisions as a prime factor in reinforcing ISIS’ presence, especially “the intransigence of some parties to sit at the table of dialogue to resolve differences by peaceful means.”

Siala demanded the international community to collectively stand behind the Libyan political agreement and the efforts exerted to unify military and security institutions under a civilian leadership, and especially the establishment of a permanent constitution for the country and the holding of general elections.

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