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Libya delegation in Tunisia agrees on the Presidential Council restructuring

October 3, 2017 at 3:29 am

Chairman of the Presidential Council of Libya and Prime Minister of the Government of National Accord of Libya, Fayez al-Sarraj in Tunis, Tunisia on August 07, 2017. ( Yassine Gaidi – Anadolu Agency )

The delegations from the House of Representatives and the Libyan High Council of State agreed to restructure the Presidential Council, Sunday. The reformed council will consist of a president and two deputies.

The attendees said at a press conference held on Sunday, in Tunis, in the presence of UN envoy to Libya Ghassan Salama, “They reached a preliminary understanding on the executive branch,” they stressed that “The talks are not over and they will return to dialogue next week to fix the remaining points of disagreement.”

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Al Nabaa News channel said:

The dialogue sessions between the delegation of the House of Representatives and the High Council of State overcame the stage of agreement on the structure of the Presidential Council of three members and separating it from the government.

The channel added that there are different proposals looking at the mechanism of consensus on the tripartite Presidential Council. One of these mechanisms includes a vote within the two councils; each chooses one of its members to be nominated to the Presidential Council while the consensus is reached on the third.  There was also another proposal of the division of members regionally so that Tripoli members of the two councils, for example, will meet and nominate a member, as members from the other two regions do.

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The meetings on the amendment of the agreement, launched last Tuesday between the House of Representatives and the High Council of State, are the first phase of the action plan announced by Salama on the 20th of this month in the context of a road map which includes in its second phase the formation of a conference about “the excluded and the marginalized” among other steps leading to parliamentary and presidential elections in a one-year period.