Speaker Says Libya’s GNU Government No Longer Legitimate

Speaker of the eastern-based parliament of Libya, Aguila Saleh, said Monday that the interim Government of National Unity (GNU) was no longer legitimate.

Saleh informed parliament that the unity government’s mandate had expired on December 24, 2021, and that the confidence it had obtained had ceased.

“This government is considered outgoing and must be reformed,” he added.

Saleh led the session for the first time in three months after he suspended his duties to run in Libya’s presidential election.

Elections were scheduled for 24 December, but were postponed due to disagreements between the country’s political rivals. It is currently unknown when the vote will take place.

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In his speech, Saleh urged the UN mission in Libya to apply pressure on all Libyan parties so that elections could be held.

In addition, he proposed forming a committee from 30 experts representing Libya’s three regions to “draft a constitution by consensus” within one month.

Both the presidential and parliamentary elections in Libya will be held at the same time or one after another, but rival parties are at odds over the scheduling.

The upcoming elections are expected to contribute to ending the armed conflict that has ravaged Libya for years.

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