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Sources reveal details of forming the new GNA

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LIBYAPROSPECT – Aya Khalil

The Presidential Council (PC) may form its Government of National Accord (GNA), of 12 to 17 ministers, while considering the regional perspective after the House of Representatives (HoR) refused to endorse its 32-minister cabinet, Alwasat website reported (LIBYAPROSPECT translated it here).

Sources told Alwasat that the HoR will, on February 15th session, grant the confidence to the government provided that an earlier session is held to amend the constitutional declaration, so that the GNA can uphold its role within lawful and constitutional atmosphere.

The Presidency Council and the talks’ team will take part in the new formation of the government; it also went back to Skhirat to do this mission.

Alwasat reports an opinion that believes that the visit of the Prime Minister Fayez Al-Sarraj to the retired General Khalifa Haftar in Al-Marj, which triggered attacks by Haftar’s opponents and demands of ousting Al-Sarraj, violated the political agreement, specifically the 8th article of the additional provinces.

Al-Sarraj told Alwasat that he didn’t violate the agreement and his moves targets direct communicating with all involved actors inside and out.

“The consensus path requires self-denial by all parties, and making effort to attain it. Stopping the war requires us to sit down with the belligerents to be ready, as united Libyans to fight against cross-border terrorism”, Al-Sarraj said, adding that he doesn’t rule out a meeting with the chief of the General National Congress (GNC) in Tripoli and everyone too, whenever it is possible.

Talks’ team criticized Al-Sarraj and the Presidency Council for not consulting with them in forming the government, saying that they breached the agreement. A joint session was agreed to be held in Skhirat between the team and the PC to reach the final formation of the GNA.

Alwasat reports that regional and international pressures are practiced over forming the government that reached choosing names.