The Dabaiba government threatens to prosecute those involved in the closure of the oil fields and the electricity crisis
Mohamed Al-Manfi, head of the Libyan Presidential Council, once again hinted at the possibility of interfering to resolve differences over the constitutional basis for the postponed presidential and parliamentary elections, “in the event that the upcoming meeting of the Speaker of Parliament, Aguila Saleh, and the President of the State Council, Khaled Al-Mashri, in the Swiss city of Geneva, tomorrow (Tuesday) fails.”
The exile said during his meeting yesterday evening in the capital, Tripoli, with sheikhs, wise men and notables of Libya: “If the meeting fails, we will intervene as a presidential council and exercise our sovereign authority.” He pointed out that the Council continued to push all parties involved in the political process to agree on a legal framework for holding elections, with the participation of all, achieving the aspirations of the Libyan people, and crossing over to the stage of stability and lasting peace.
A statement by the council said that “the exile discussed with representatives of eastern, western and southern regions and cities of Libya, and its various social components, the developments of the situation in the country, and a number of issues of local affairs, foremost of which is national reconciliation, and the political challenges facing the country at the current stage.”
In turn, Moussa al-Koni, Vice-President of the Presidential Council, confirmed that the Council “will use its powers if Al-Mashri and Saleh do not agree on the constitutional basis for the elections.” The political authorities in power must be obligated to implement this requirement.”
After he said that “we want to end the long-standing bodies that are still fighting for survival,” he renewed the Presidential Council’s pledge to “hand over power to a president elected by the people to end the transitional phases according to a constitutional base whose results are agreed upon by all political parties.”
Al-Koni stressed “the importance of holding parliamentary and presidential elections that lead to the stability of Libya, by electing a president who will lead the country to safety.”
On the other hand, Imad al-Sayeh, head of the High Electoral Commission, confirmed its readiness for any electoral process that takes place by consensus among all. At the highest levels of readiness.
Al-Sayeh stressed the ability of the commission to “implement any electoral law or referendum within only a week or 10 days as a maximum,” noting that “if the referendum is agreed upon, we can complete it completely in a period of up to 70 days.”
On the other hand, he pointed to the need for the electoral process to be further developed, with the participation of many partners, whether those in power or outside it.
In turn, the UN advisor, Stephanie Williams, announced that the heads of the House of Representatives and the state “will meet in Geneva (Tuesday) to finalize the constitutional document, especially with regard to transitional measures.”
“The meetings of the Libyan constitutional track in Cairo were able to settle a number of contentious issues in the constitutional document, and called on the Libyan parties to refrain from any unilateral move that would undermine confidence in the political track,” Williams said in televised statements yesterday evening.
She explained that “the upcoming talks will focus on transitional measures and the elections file,” adding, “Only an elected and sovereign Libyan government can engage in discussions related to the expulsion of mercenaries and foreign forces from the country.”
For his part, the Speaker of the House of Representatives took advantage of his meeting yesterday evening in the city of Al-Qubba, with members of the Constitutional Path Committee, to praise the efforts of the House and State Committees to achieve consensus on the constitutional path by amending the controversial points in the draft constitution completed by the Constituent Assembly for Drafting the Constitution.
Saleh considered that “the national efforts exerted between the two committees indicate everyone’s keenness to end the stages of political division that undermines the situation in our country.”
Saleh praised “the Egyptian role in support of consensus and achieving stability in Libya, which aims to bring the views of the Libyans closer to reach the permanent stage and end the transitional stages.” He also praised the efforts made by the United Nations mission in facilitating and facilitating the work of the Constitutional Track Committee and bringing the views of the two committees closer. To move forward to complete the paths to a solution to the Libyan crisis.”
On the other hand, Dabaiba, during his meeting the day before yesterday in the capital, Tripoli, with British Ambassador Carolina Horndal, stressed the need to support the role of the UN advisor in her efforts to support the holding of elections, respecting the wishes of nearly 3 million Libyans. Dabaiba said in a statement distributed by his office that the meeting “discussed the file of the ongoing oil closure, and its impact on the service and economic sector in the country, especially its impact on the supply of gas to electricity production plants, and the steps to be taken in this matter.”
The National Unity Government had threatened, through its spokesman, Muhammad Hammouda, to prosecute “those involved in closing the oil fields,” calling on the Attorney General to “investigate them.”
Hammouda said that “justifying the closure of the oil fields by political parties is a crime by all standards,” noting that “the government formed a chamber of the ministries of oil, defense and interior to support solving the crisis, with the government continuing its efforts with the electricity company to try to overcome it.”
In addition, the House of Representatives’ Energy and Natural Resources Committee warned against compromising or obstructing the work of the Board of Directors of the Oil Corporation, following statements by the Dabaiba government that it intends to overthrow the Corporation’s Chairman, Mustafa Sanalla.
After it called for the institution to be neutralized from what it described as “political interactions”, the committee said that it would not recognize any “improvised decisions in this regard and bear legal responsibility for those who violate it.”
Mohamed Aoun, Minister of Oil and Gas in the Dabaiba government, had announced the latter’s approval to restructure the NOC’s board of directors during a recent government meeting, pointing out that he had “repeatedly demanded the dismissal of Sanalla.”
Aoun told local media that he is in the process of communicating with Dabaiba “to make the final arrangements for changing the foundation’s board of directors and to issue the decision officially.”