Libyan government rejects UN proposal

Libya’s Tobruk based government rejects UN power-sharing proposal

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United Nations envoy for Libya Bernardino Leon making an announcement to the media in Skhirat, Morocco. [Archive]

Updated Oct 24, 2015

Libya's Tobruk based government has rejected a UN proposal which aims to end the political crisis in the country by forming a unity government with the rival parliament.

The lawmakers said they refused to sign the proposal, because the UN declined to exclude the amendments added by the rival parliament without their approval, a government spokesman told The Associated Press.

If the western backed Tobruk based government had agreed to the proposal, it would have allowed the unity government to fire all senior Libyan officials without the need of an unanimous vote.

Based in the eastern city of Tobruk, the House of Representatives (HoR), said it will still participate in the UN-supported peace talks with its rivals, based in the capital Tripoli.

The Tripoli government has been in power since last year. It was established by an armed faction named Libya Dawn, which reinstated a former parliament called the GNC.

The GNC has not yet decided on the UN proposal. As some of its leaders said they had rejected the deal, while 25 of its lawmakers said they accepted it.

The deal was proposed by UN envoy Bernardino Leon on October 8 and includes a list of candidates for key positions in the new body.

Both governments have slammed Leon for selecting candidates for the power-sharing arrangement before they had agreed to it. 

The UN Security Council on Friday warned all parties, saying that those hindering "the successful conclusion" of Libya's transition process could be exposed to sanctions.

On Monday, Western and Arab states made a joint declaration, calling for the sides to accept the UN proposals “immediately” in order to prevent instability in the North African nation.

The conflict in Libya has been on-going for the past four years, since the fall of longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi.

TRTWorld and agencies