Reactions on withdrawing confidence from GNU

The House of Representatives (HoR) decision to withdraw confidence from the Government of National Unity (GNU) prompted wide controversy across Libyans who expressed resentment of the decision, with observers considering it another obstacle in front of the political and security process in Libya.

In his first comment, the High State Council (HSC) speaker, Muhammad Bin Abdel Nasser, refused the confidence-withdrawal measures from the GNU and considered it invalid because it is violating the constitutional declaration and the political agreement.

On another side, 39 HoR members announced in a joint statement that what resulted in the HoR session does not reflect the HoR’s will and will lead the country towards a constitutional crisis.

In the same context, about 65 mayors gathered in Tripoli refused the HoR move, saying that it would violate the constitutional declaration, the political accord, and the road map. They said it only aimed to provoke chaos, disrupt the general elections of December 24th. They also said that the HoR doesn’t have the legal nor political right to withdraw confidence from the GNU unilaterally.

The member o HoR member, Abdel Menem Balkour, said that those who voted to withdraw confidence was 68 members only, but the speaker of the HoR, Aguila Saleh, held the paper upside down and announced 89.

On the GNU level, the Prime Minister of GNU, Abdel Hamid Dbaiba, said his cabinet would continue its work, refusing the HoR’s decision, demanding Libyans to demonstrate their opinions fearlessly.

“We won’t side with any party wishes to destroy the country; we won’t give up on our principles. No to war, yes to elections,” Dbaiba said.

Last March, the HoR endorsed the GNU with a mandate that would end in December.


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