22 August 2016
Libya’s internationally recognised parliament, based in the eastern city of Tobruk, has voted down the UN-backed proposed national unity government, the Assembly’s media office said on Monday in Tripoli.
Members of the House of Representatives rejected the proposed line-up for the Government of National Accord, which is due to take office under the UN-backed peace deal signed in December.
It disclosed that 61 of the 101 lawmakers present voted against the unity government, requesting instead that the Presidency Council headed by Prime Minister, Fayez Serraj, return with a smaller line-up.
The media office said that the vote was the latest setback to internationally-backed efforts to bring about a unity government in the country.
Another report said that Serraj’s Presidency Council had already won widespread international recognition in spite of its inability to form a full unity government.
“The parliament voted down a previous government line-up in January.
“At the time it also rejected a clause in the peace agreement that would hand control of the armed forces over to the Presidency Council,’’ the media office stated.
The report said that Gen. Khalifa Haftar, the Eastern Libyan military strongman is widely seen as being behind the resistance to the proposed unity government.