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HoR members and boycotters reach a final agreement

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The House of Representatives, HoR, and HoR boycotters announced, on Friday from Skhirat, reaching solutions for unresolved issues, paving the way for a final agreement to end the conflict in Libya.

Both sides announced at a joint press conference, attended by UN special envoy to Libya, Bernardino Leon, that the reached agreement is considered a support and implementation of the Libyan political agreement and its outputs that will help the country in its way out of the current crisis and push it forward towards a new phase.

The statement read that the committee that was formed to implement article 17 of UN agreement has reached, during meetings held under sponsorship of UN in Skhirat from September 15th to 17th, “fruitful results and solutions, to be included as a main annex in the political agreement”.

The speaker explained that the points agreed upon, are about the temporary headquarters for HoR sessions, HoR bylaws and committees formation, decisions and legislations issued by the HoR, and developing legislative work.

“Libyan parties are closer than ever to rebuild Libya and restore its unity and stability through empowering the legislative body and supporting the national accord government to meet the Libyan people’s requirements”, the statement read in reference to what was reached in the meeting.

Leon hailed the agreement and considered it the most important accomplishment since the beginning of the political dialogue.

“I am coming with good news, very good news, and this is probably the most important good news that our dialogue has produced so far”, adding that “I am coming here today to announce an agreement between the HoR delegation and HoR boycotters delegation to immediately start addressing the new transitional phase of the country from the House of Representatives”.

Leon added that this “historic” agreement is a message of “hope, unity and democracy” to all Libyans, and is an assertion that Libyans can address their differences “politically” and “peacefully through dialogue and listening to other point of views”.

“The agreement will form a reference not only for Libya, but for the whole area, in Syria, Iraq and Yemen” Leon said hailing the agreement and who contributed to it, elaborating that, “We have been working on this dialogue since a year, and passed through rough and smooth periods”.

According to Leon, the agreement is a key requirement of the UN deal that aims at guaranteeing consensus, balance, and Pluralism inside HoR. Leon expected the General National Congress, GNC, to join in Skhirat later today to complete the final agreement.

The new round of political talks, launched on Thursday with participation of all dialogue parties, concentrates on reaching a final agreement to settle the Libyan dispute, and form a government of national accord.

The Road-map committee handed the HoR a report, in which it suggested amending the constitutional declaration, returning to constitutional Legitimacy and monarchy after adapting the 1951 constitution and its amendments in 1963, in addition to calling Prince Mohammed Hasan Al-Reda to be crowned as a king who owns not to govern.

The report also explains that, the committee and its chancellors discussed preserving constitutional legitimacy, derived from the temporary constitutional declaration and its amendments, besides discussing the UN sponsored talks and what outputs, that target ending social division and building state institutions, it should result in.

The report also noted that given the controversial nearing term-end date of HoR, stumbling UN talks, obstacles ahead of forming national accord government, vagueness enclosing the nature of security forces that will protect the government and eliminate militias from the capital; the committee advices the HoR to speak to the Election Commission Council about holding referendum or legislative elections, and to discuss with the ministers of interior and defence, through the Prime Minister, the government’s ability to protect nationals and international institutions that will observe the referendum or elections. In addition to that, reminding the constitution-writing committee that it is beyond its deadline, and reminding it that in case referendum is stumbled, it will have time till October 20th to reply, otherwise, it will be dissolved by law, unless HoR issues a statement concerning this.

HoR boycotting members, Fathy Bash-Agha, and Soliman Al-Faqeeh, who are taking part in Skhirat talks, pointed that next Sunday may witness signing the agreement between Libyan parties.

Bash-Agha hoped the agreement to be signed on September 20th, adding that “in case the agreement wasn’t signed, it can be postponed for few days”.

“The dialogue and agreement are the only way out, especially that Libya may face a civil war”, “and the Last annex guarantees all parties’ rights” Bash-Agha said.

Al-Faqeeh pointed that, “Libya can’t take this situation anymore”, adding that, “a solution must be reached, and reactions must overcome”.