LIBYAPROSPECT – Editorial
Varying local, regional and national political reactions came in the wake of announcing signing an agreement between envoys of the House of Representatives (HoR) and the General National Congress (GNC) in Tunisia.
The United Nations’ special envoy to Libya, Martin Kobler, has
stressed that the UN-sponsored agreement is the pain path for ending conflict, which is believed to be a hint of rejection to Tunisia agreement.
On Saturday, both envoys signed an initial agreement in Tunisia that suggests reactivating constitution of year 1951, setting the atmospheres for holding legislative elections and forming a committee to choose members of the Government of National Accord (GNA).
The European Union refused the lately signed agreement. Spokesperson of European foreign labor office, Catherine Ray,
said the agreement should be inclusive to all Libyan rivals and declare the positive role of regional and international organizations.
The agreement signed in Tunisia received the blessing of the Tunisian president, Baji Qaed Essebsi, as a step in the course of his communication with the Libyan rivals to bring close views and reach a political solution.
Egypt criticized the agreement adding that the original meeting is
the Skhirat agreement sponsored by the UN and started by the former envoy, Bernardino Leon.
The member of the HoR and Skhirat talks, Saleh Hemma, criticized the statement by the HoR member, Ibrahim Emaish, hailing “announcing principles of Tunisia agreement”. Hemma believed it is an individual work that doesn’t represent the HoR.
“We know no reason for some HoR members to refuse Fezzan
initiative that included all their suggestions and guarantees. We demand all to appear in the house to demonstrate their objections on the initiative and use the democratic right of voting”, Hemma said.
The HoR member, Aisha Al-Agoury explained that the signed
agreement is a HoR initiative and will be voted on in the HoR.
The GNC member, Amena Mteer, added that the agreement calls for reactivating the constitution of the former Libyan state amended in the year 1963, unless 5 members in the GNC and 5 others in the HoR refuse it.
The writer and diplomat, Idris Tayeb Lamin, described the agreement as “still-born agreement” that doesn’t aid solution, but
is the last breath of extremist to block the political agreement.
Lamin’s words, on his Facebook page, are a retraction from his last view of the conflict has restored its political face. He came after more meditation to say it is a still-born.
The leader in Justice and Construction Party, Omar Rhuma, hailed the rapprochement that he believed could end the political division. “We support whatever soothes people suffer. I hope this
news is credible and not cards mixing in the lost time,” Rhuma added on his Facebook page.
“Back to Constitutional Legislation Movement” welcomed the agreement and its route of adopting constitution legitimacy that is considered the best solution to the legislative crisis, Alwasat reported.
The Writer and journalist, Essa Abdalkauom, commented that everybody seems to be searching for solution after making all possible mistakes. Abdalkauom criticized amending the constitution.
“I can’t see the agreement as a good step; terms of both, the GNC and the HoR, have ended; any amendment on constitutional document done by any of them appear in the constitutional court and end in revocation, that is legally”, Abdalkauom said on Facebook.
He said that each team wants to present a solution to the crisis rather than reforming the Libyan state. “We have previously noted to that in talks but they didn’t listen, the safest option is resuming the Political Declaration and letting the constitution for an elected entity that is as far as possible from partisan conflicts; the matter needs the public referendum as the document isn’t solely yours and isn’t a product of February”.
The journalist, Fathy Bin Essa, noted to the ability of the Government of National Accord (GNA) to “achieve consensus
between the GNC and the HoR, who accused each other illegitimacy and robbing power”. He also said that the accusation to the GNC of packing Islamic State group and to the HoR of packing the “coup” haftar has vaporized.
The writer Atea Saleh Al-Oujaly welcomed in principle 2 points; “breaking a Libyan politics taboo which is meeting rivals personally that indicates political maturation and the initiative spirit that was lost for a while”.
Al- Oujaly asserted that it is still too early to support or oppose
the agreement. He wondered if it represents a majority in the HoR and the GNC and players outside both bodies, and whether they were consulted or whether they are satisfied or not.
The size of popular support, regional and international and mechanisms of apply were also a matter to Al- Oujaly.
Obviously the agreement will bring to the live still water of consensus, Kobler’s movements may develop, so that the last envoy’s scandal is fixed, according to observers.
The world is still worried of the IS movement that threat everyone with its trials to control the Libyan oil sources using dangerously developed operations.