LIBYAPROSPECT – Editorial
The United Nations Envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salame, met, on Friday, the newly elected governor of the Central Bank of Libya (CBL), Mohamed Al-Shukry, in Tunis.
It is worth mentioning that the House of Representatives (HoR) elected Al-Shukry as the new CBL governor, on Tuesday. Selecting Al-Shukry caused reactions from different parties.
From his side, the head of the State Council, Abdul-Rahman Al-Swehli, had refused the HoR voting, expressing that it was just an individual action.
Al-Swehli stressed that the HoR derives its legitimacy from the Political Agreement and should obey it.
In his reaction to Al-Swehli’s attitude, the HoR member, Essa Al-Oraibi, said that the HoR adheres to the article III of the Political Agreement that means the State Council is not legal. He explained that the article says that the State Council should be convened within ten days after the constitutional amendment, which didn’t happen.
Al-Oraibi stated that the HoR keens to keep the result of electing Al-Shukry, clarifying that challenging the HoR election according to the article 15 is not legal because the article III comes before.
On the other hand, sources said that the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), the State Council, and the former CBL governor, Al-Seddiq Al-Kabeer had agreed to endorse Al-Shukry as the new CBL governor, especially after Al-Shukry provided his plan to solve the financial crisis to Salame.
The member of the State Council, Moussa Faraj, said that appointing Al-Shukry contravenes the Political Agreement, pointing that the unilateral step would increase the Libyan citizen’s suffering.
Faraj added that it is not possible to end this critical time in the country only through the national accord, calling the HoR to prioritise the national interest.
In another reaction, the member of the State Council, Mansour Al-Hassadi, expressed his happiness at the convention of the HoR with a significant number of its members to elect Al-Shukry.
Al-Hassadi said that electing Al-Shukry sends out an excellent message to assure the voting legislative, which means that the civil democratic way is defeating militarising the state and the ones who try to collapse the legitimate bodies.
However, Al-Hassadi hoped that Al-Shukry, as a technocrat person refuses to accept the position, especially this time. He clarified that the priority is to pave the way for implementing the Political Agreement to prepare for holding the general elections in the country.