Political figures announced their candidacy for membership in the new executive authority, before the end of the deadline set by the United Nations Mission in Libya, to close the candidacy window on Thursday evening.
The UN mission announced the opening of candidacy for membership of the Presidential Council, which consists of 3 people, and the presidency of the new government since last Thursday for a period of 8 days.
A committee, consisting of 3 members from the Political Dialogue Forum representing the three regions of the country, sorts out the candidate names to review them and determine who meets the conditions before presenting them to the members of the Political Dialogue Forum in an official session to be held in Geneva on the first of next February.
The president of the House of Representatives in Tobruk, Aqeelah Saleh, and the former ambassador to Switzerland, Academician Ali Bukhair Allah Al-Barasi, a member of the former National Congress, Sharif Al-Wafi, and the Libyan ambassador to Jordan, Muhammad Al-Barghati, are competing for the new presidential council from the eastern Libyan region of Burqa, according to sources who spoke to Al-Jazeera Net.
And from the Tripoli region, the new president was presented by the commander of the Western Military Region, Osama Jawili, the head of the Doctors’ Syndicate, Abdel-Rahman Al-Balazi, the former President of the Supreme Court, Muhammad Al-Qamoudi, and a member of Parliament, Abdullah Al-Lafi. And from the Fezzan region, the former consul in Morocco, Abd al-Majid Seif al-Nasr, and former Prime Minister Ali Zeidan, according to the same sources.
The former chief of the Supreme Court, Abd al-Jawad al-Ubaidi, announced his withdrawal from running for the Presidency Council in the Cyrenaica region, due to the “short time” granted to the new authority, estimated at 18 months, as it is insufficient for any national project.
As for the presidency of the government, it is competing from the Tripoli region, Minister of Interior of the Government of National Accord, Fathi Bashagha, Ahmed Maitiq, Vice President of the Presidential Council of the Government of National Accord, President of the Supreme Council of State Khaled al-Mishri, businessman Abdel Hamid Dabiba, Minister of Defense of the Government of Accord Salah al-Nimroush, and politicians Walid al-Lafi and Muhammad al-Muntaser
The parties mobilize their voices towards the personalities who support them, as it appears through the nominations that the Tripoli region wants the presidency of the government, while the candidates of the Cyrenaica region are competing for the presidency of the Presidency Council, provided that the south, “Fezzan Region,” takes the membership of the Presidency Council.
Approved new authority
A member of the Libyan Dialogue Forum, Abdul Qadir Hawili, confirmed that the House of Representatives did not approve the composition of the new executive authority within two weeks. After the selection process, the matter will go to the Political Dialogue Forum for approval.
He added, “On February 1, voting will take place to choose the members of the Presidency Council in each region, and whoever gets 70% becomes the candidate for the entire region. After selecting the three members for the presidency, we move to the list system, taking into account the balance.”
He added to Al-Jazeera Net, “After this process, the attendees vote to choose the prime minister from all parts of Libya, and the winner becomes the head of government, so that if a region chooses the president of the Presidential Council from a region other than the prime minister, it is considered the most populated, while the Fezzan region has no chances of presiding over the council.” Presidential “.
Hawili stated that the procedures of the UN mission in the process of selecting the new executive authority are contrary to the constitutional declaration, and are dependent on the outcomes of Berlin and UN Security Council Resolution 2510 in accordance with the roadmap approved by the Forum for Political Dialogue to resolve the crisis.
And the head of the Astrolabe Center for Studies, Abdul Salam Al-Rajhi, considered that the mechanism for selecting the new executive authority is complicated, which may force many political parties, east, west and south, to join in one list because of the difficulty of any of the candidates having 70% of the electoral college for each region.
Al-Rajhi added, “I think that the new executive authority will not end the division because there will be a party that will not accept this new authority, the first of which is Haftar, who will rely again on demonizing the next government before it begins, because the UAE does not want a real solution to the Libyan crisis.”
Al-Rajhi told Al-Jazeera Net that Russia will work to thwart any Security Council resolution that casts international legitimacy on the future executive authority, under the pretext that it is not balanced and does not represent the Libyans, and that the UN mission represents a party in the United States.
He stressed that the new authority will not produce an ideal solution for what he described as the previous experience with Haftar, Aqila Saleh and the Tobruk Parliament, who “obstructed the Presidency Council and hindered the consolidation of institutions and launched war on Tripoli, and we see today given them the opportunity to be part of the next executive authority.”
Al-Rajhi believes that the division of the international community towards the Libyan crisis and their acceptance of those who contributed to the war on Tripoli will give an excuse to others, and stimulate many parties to fight the Presidency Council and the new government because they see themselves safe from sanctions and international prosecution.
In turn, a member of the Supreme Council of State, Kamel Al-Jatlawi, believes that the invitation from the UN mission to unelected personalities to choose the new executive authority will have negative consequences.
“If the United Nations mission in Libya focused on the House of Representatives and the state according to the political agreement, the result would be better,” Al-Jatlawi said in his statement to Al-Jazeera Net.
He wondered why the UN mission did not invite a hundred elected representatives from the House of Representatives and the state to agree on the new executive authority through the electoral complexes to immunize the new authority from appeals.