HoR Speaker threatens to withdraw confidence in Libya’s unity government

The Speaker of the Libyan House of Representatives (HoR) Aqila Saleh has threatened to withdraw confidence in the Government of National Unity (GNU) if the Prime Minister and cabinet members don’t attend the questioning session on next Monday.

Speaking to Al-Arabiya Al-Hadath TV Channel on Wednesday, Saleh accused the GNU of negligence in coronavirus and electricity as well as institutions’ unification files.

Saleh said the Presidential Council is also losing the confidence of the HoR as it is dealing with the military apparatuses of western Libya but not the ones from the eastern region, adding that either the Presidential Council deals with all military officials in Libya or leave the matter to the 5+5 Joint Military Commission.

The HoR Speaker also accused the High Council of State of hindering the work of the HoR to get the work done regarding the roadmap, saying it had “turned from an advisory body to a nemesis.”

“The HoR will have on the table an election legislation for the president and the HoR in two weeks.” He added, without saying anything about approving the 2021 budget with only less than four months to go for general elections.

He also talked about the Prime Minister, Abdul-Hamid Dbiebah, saying he wasn’t granted confidence by the HoR as a Defense Minister, which was a vacancy and he “just took it”.

Saleh said he could run for president of Libya and announce his candidacy soon, adding that he had never aimed for power as a main goal, reiterating that the HoR didn’t prevent any person from announcing their candidacy for elections, and the dual citizens must renounce the foreign citizenship to run.


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