Panel suggests restructuring Libyan executive authority


A parliamentary committee has advised restructuring Libya’s executive authority as the country struggles to set a date for the elections, which were postponed last week.

The Electoral Process Monitoring Committee’s proposal came in a report released on Monday after its members met with the head of the Libyan National High Electoral Commission, Emad al-Sayeh.

The committee argued that the current executive authority has failed to move the oil-rich country towards stability.

The report states that al-Sayeh “presented to the (election) commission the reasons why it was not possible to announce the final list of candidates for the December 24 presidential elections,” as well as a a number of “violations which marred the candidacy of some candidates.”

The committee invoked these reasons to propose the “restructuring of the executive power in order to meet the requirements of stability that the current power could not do”.

The Libyan executive authority was elected on March 16 on a transitional basis to lead the country towards elections. It is made up of a unity government headed by Abdul Hamid Dbeibah and the Presidency Council chaired by Mohammad Menfi.

The parliamentary committee also recommended that parliament put in place a workable roadmap with clear deadlines in order to “make the electoral process a success and ensure acceptance of its results”.

He called on parliament to continue to sponsor the political and legislative process and to avoid setting “political dates” that are “unrealistically set by certain parties” for national and international agendas.

On Monday, the Libyan parliament proposed to postpone the country’s presidential elections, which were due to take place on December 24, for six months.

Rival Libyan parties disagree on the voting schedule for presidential and legislative elections to be held simultaneously or back to back.

Libyans hope the upcoming elections will help end an armed conflict that has plagued the oil-rich country for years.


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