By Sami Zaptia.
London, 6 April 2016:
The Faiez Serraj-led Presidential Council has ordered (decree No. 8) all official state institutions to stop using . . .[restrict]either the seal of the internationally unrecognized so-called government of national salvation or the Abdullah Thinni Interim Government based in Beida.
The decree has instructed that the new seal of the Government of National Accord (GNA) is to be used – even though the ministers of this government have yet to be approved by the House of Representatives (HoR) based in Tobruk.
According to the terms of the Libyan Political Agreement (LPA) signed in the Moroccan city of Skhirat in December 2015, the HoR is supposed to approve the GNA.
It will be interesting to see if various state institutions do actually fully recognize the de facto authority of the PC/GNA and adopt the new seal during this period of uncertainty and confusion over the constitutionality, or lack of, of the PC/GNA while the HoR continues to fail to endorse the PC/GNA.
Yesterday, the Tripoli-based Salvation Government released a statement by which it ostensibly ceded power to the PC/GNA. Today, its prime minister Ghwell backtracked on the statement, exposing further splits across all Libya’s political spectrum.
The Central Bank of Libya (CBL) seems to be the vanguard Tripoli-based institution that has accepted the decrees and authority of the PC/GNA by accepting its decree (No. 7) to freeze all state institution bank accounts. [/restrict]