Tobruk Rejects UN-backed Unity Govt

By John Lee.

Libya's internationally recognized House of Representatives (HoR) in Tobruk voted has rejected the UN-brokered Government of National Accord (GNA).

According to Reuters, of 104 members attending the session, 89 voted against backing the government, and the Tunis-based Presidential Council now has 10 days to propose a new and smaller cabinet.

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Martin Kobler, focussed on the positive, welcoming "the endorsement in principle of the Libyan Political Agreement (LPA) by the House of Representatives".

But he added:

“I take note of the reservation of the House of Representatives on article (8) and remind all parties that any amendment to the LPA must be in line with the mechanism of the Libyan Political Agreement.

“We will continue consultations with all parties to find consensual solution to all outstanding issues."

The Special Representative also urged both the Presidency Council and the HoR to take the necessary decisions as soon as possible.

(Sources: BBC, Reuters, UNSMIL)

(Rejection image via Shutterstock)

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