By Libya Herald reporters.
Tripoli, 10 October 2015:
The Zintan Military Council has apparently rejected the House of Representatives’ extension of its term . . .[restrict]beyond 20 October and said that it is “disappointed” with the outcome of the “long-awaited” National Accord.
In a social media statement, which if indeed genuine, will give widespread pause for thought, it said: “We the Libyans take the responsibility of failure and its long-lasting consequences. We should stop blaming other people and instead, get back to negotiations among ourselves, without the participation of those with finished legitimacy”. It continued: “The GNC finished its legality on 2 February 2014 and the HOR will run out of its legitimacy on 20 October this year”.
The military council said that the appearance of a third deputy prime minister from the south, to complement his colleagues from the east and the west of the country, appeared to advocate “the separation of Libya into three regions and the return to the obsolete time from the early 1960s”.
According to the posted statement, the Zintanis said “ We are also perplexed to see the names of those warmongers and those who destroyed the country in leadership positions of this proposed government under UN supervision”.
The statement went on to say: “ We don’t say that the United Nations has failed, as they are coming from different cultures and it is difficult for them to understand us”.
Speaking of the agreement, the release continued, “Those who reject this invitation, [to join to Accord] including those who extended their terms [meaning both the GNC and HoR], and ones who are not convinced with any reason, should be excluded from such internal dialogue”.
The Zintani statement ended by warning that there was a clear constitutional vacuum. It said that most legislators spent their time out of the country and that the only meetings they attended were those that affected their terms of office. [/restrict]