Libya’s eastern-based parliament stresses electoral legitimacy

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Libya’s eastern-based parliament

THE eastern-based House of Representatives (parliament) of Libya, on Sunday, stressed that representation of the Libyan people remains “preserve of the House of Representatives or whoever it delegates’’.

“Legitimacy of the political representation of the Libyan people, its components, constituencies and historic regions is an electoral legitimacy.

“Any entity that has not been elected cannot claim to represent the people or part of it,’’ the House of Representatives said in a statement.

“The representation of the Libyan people and its institutions remains the preserve of the House of Representatives of whoever it delegates.

“Pretending otherwise is a crime punishable by applicable Libyan law according to known criminal terms.’’

The statement added that the House of Representatives is studying a draft law, under which all “necessary procedures” are taken against any foreign country, institution, company, a regional or international organisation that deals with or recognises “unofficial Libyan institutions’’.

The procedures include “taking deterrent measures against those countries and international organisations, banning institutions from practicing, denial and cancelling contracts and concessions to foreign companies,’’ it added.

Despite the UN-sponsored political agreement and the appointment of the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) in 2015, Libya remains politically divided between authorities in the east and the west.

The House of Representatives does not recognise the UN-backed GNA. Instead, it recognises the eastern-based interim government. (Xinhua/NAN)

– Aug. 17, 2020 @ 8:45 GMT |

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