Al-Mahdi al-Barghathi,Faiez Serraj,Presidency Council,Government of National Accord,Libya

Serraj in Tunis for Libyan Political Agreement Meetings

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Faiez Serraj, the head of the Presidency Council responsible for forming a Libyan , is scheduled to arrive in Tunis on Friday, March 11, to join meetings being held by the Libyan Political Dialogue (LPD) and United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Special Representative Martin Kolber. 

While in Tunis Serraj is also expected to meet with Prime Minister Habib Essid and President Beji Caid Essebsi, according to government spokesman Khaled Chouket.

 Serraj met with the Tunisian Khemiaes Jhinaoui at the Fifth Extraordinary Islamic Summit in Jakarta, Indonesia less than a week ago. Tunisia will be hosting a meeting of the Foreign Ministers of Libya's Neighbors March 21-22 in Tunis. The members of the Libyan Political Dialogue, who met with Kolber on Thursday in Tunis, issued a statement in which the LPD called for the Internationally Recognized (HOR) in Tobruk "to live up to its responsibility, complete all steps of political agreement implementation." The LPA also said its "members value [the] statement by HOR majority in which they expressed their acceptance of Government of National Accord" ┬áMaking reference to the second proposed list of minister for a GNA which was submitted to the HOR on February 15, by the Faiez Serraj led Presidency Council. By the terms of the Libyan Political Agreement the HOR had a deadline of ten days to approve or reject the proposal, but a faction within the HOR has blocked a vote by preventing the legislature from forming a quorum. 

On February 23, prevented from voting, approximately 100 members of the HOR signed a petition voicing their approval of the proposed government. Increasingly there is speculation that that Kolber is advocating for the signatures to be accepted as an approval, bypassing a formal vote by the HOR.

 This latest procedural impasse is only one of several setbacks for the UNSMIL sponsored agreement. This week several members of a temporary security committee formed by the Presidency Council and meant to take control of security forces in Tripoli were arrested by the Islamist General National Congress (GNC) authorities in Tripoli. Which the LPA statement on Thursday also addressed "calling for the need to safeguard the institutions emanating from the Libyan Political Agreement [and] on the Presidency Council to take all necessary measures to quickly start working from Tripoli" The projected move into Tripoli could become another potential impasse, although it will not be procedural. 

The Libyan Political Agreement was signed in Skhirat, Morocco on December 17, 2015 and was reached after a year of United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) mediated negotiations.