By Libya Herald reporters.
Tripoli, 7 August 2016:
A senior House of Representatives delegation was today in Cairo to talk to Egyptian foreign minister Sameh Shoukry in what is believed to be an effort to bolster support for the Tobruk-based parliament against the Government of National Accord in Tripoli.
The HoR delegation was led by first deputy president Emhemed Shouaib, one of the architects of the Libya Political Accord. Egyptian commentators were saying that the Libyans wanted Cairo to continue to support the parliament and the government of Abdullah Thinni that it had appointed until it had voted on the LPA, the proposed Government of National Accord and the key amendment to the 2012 Constitutional Declaration.
This latst would transfer ultimate control of the armed forces from parliament to the Presidency Council headed by Faiez Serraj. This would almost certainly lead to the ouster of Khalifa Hafter as commander-in-chief of the Libyan armed forces.
Egypt, along with all other members of the Arab League has joined the international community in backing the LPA and the Presidency Council. But it has also had close links with Hafter and is assumed to have assisted the army obtain supplies of war materiel.
The outcome of the talks was not known this evening.