Libya officials react to night of protests demanding end to current political impasse

After protesters had taken to streets in different cities in Libya, especially those in Tobruk where they set fire to parts of the House of Representatives’ (HoR) building, government officials, HoR members and other directly-impacted politicians have spoken their minds.

HoR, HCS Members Asked to Resign

The member of the House of Representatives Ziyad Daghim has asked all HoR members to resign following what he said was the policies of the two chambers that go against the will of the people who want free and fair elections as well as better living conditions and public.

Daghim also called on the members of the High Council of State (HCS) to resign in protest of the current political impasse and the delay of democratic elections.

Another HoR member, Jabril Awhida, called on the HoR Speaker Aqila Saleh to step down, blaming him for the failure in the political track.

While the member of the HoR, Belkhair Al-Shaab, told Libya Alahrar TV that they (HoR members) must admit to the failure in resolving the crisis in Libya and must therefore step down.

PM Dbeibah’s Reaction

The Prime Minister of the Government of National Unity (GNU), Abdul Hamid Dbeibah, has commented on the protests across Libya on Twitter. He said he joins the voices of those protesters in demanding the holding of elections and departure of all current political bodies, including his government.

Dbeibah also said that the Libyan people are well aware of the parties that are hindering the holding of elections, saying that those parties are the same ones that shut down oil production and exports as well as blocked the public budget for his government – referring indirectly to the HoR.

Presidential Council is “Watching”

The Presidential Council has issued a brief statement through its deputy head, Abdulla Al-Lafi, saying that it is following closely the protests of the people in demand for change and a new elected government.

HoR Condemns Riot

The HoR issued a statement after the incident of setting the headquarters on fire during Friday protests, condemning the acts of vandalism and riot among protesters, reiterating the right of all Libyans to peaceful protests as per the Libyan laws.


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