By Sami Zaptia.
London, 9 May 2019:
Fifty-seven, mainly western-based, members of the House of Representatives (HoR), Libya’s internationally recognized parliament which is officially based in Tobruk and headed by Ageela Saleh, held another session at the Rixos complex in Tripoli yesterday.
Speaking at a press conference after the session, the breakaway body’s official spokesperson, Hamouda Siala, said that they had formed four committees: The first to review the internal rules of their breakaway HoR; the second to create a secretariat; the third an international liaison committee and the fourth a crisis committee.
It will be recalled that the new breakaway HoR had held its first session in Tripoli on 2 May in opposition to the war waged by Khalifa Hafter and his Libyan National Army (LNA) and their allied forces on Tripoli. Hafter is supported fully by HoR head Ageela Saleh.
They had discussed the possibility of removing the authority of Ageela Saleh to appoint the General Commander of the Libyan Army in view of his support for Hafter’s attack on Tripoli. They had also rejected the use of force and reiterated their call for a political solution.
They had stressed that the session they had held in Tripoli was not an attempt to carry out a coup against the Tobruk HoR nor a call for a division of the country, as evidenced by the fact that the Tripoli session was attended by members from across the country, they had claimed.