By Saber Ali.
Tripoli, 18 June 2015:
The rump of the General National Congress has said the latest proposed UNSMIL peace accord has . . .[restrict]to take account of the Supreme Court judgement.
This ruled that when it was still the legal parliament, the GNC had failed to obey its own rules when passing the law enabling last June’s elections for the new House of Representatives. The court’s decision was deemed to have rendered the elections illegal. In the view of Libya Dawn and the reconstituted GNC, the HoR then ceased to exist.
Draft IV of the UNSMIL accord brokered by its chief, Bernardino Leon, contained some positive ideas, said the GNC in a statement, but it needed some essential amendments.
Enshrining a recognition of the Supreme Court’s ruling in the accord has the potential to undermine the role currently assigned to the HoR. This role has already been reduced from Draft III in that the State Council is no longer purely advisory but has now been given legislative blocking powers. Meanwhile the Libyan Dialogue, made up of the negotiators from both sides, has been awarded significant functions beyond the appointment of a prime minister and two deputies and the signing of the final agreement. [/restrict]