Tripoli GNC to 'take on parliamentary functions'

'Our unity government is legitimate', says deputy speaker

06 November, 19:47

    La Corte costituzionale di Tripoli presidiata dalle forze di sicurezza La Corte costituzionale di Tripoli presidiata dalle forze di sicurezza

    (ANSAmed) - CAIRO - The Libyan General National Congress, the former parliament headquartered in Tripoli, has accepted the Supreme Court decision on Thursday to dissolve the Tobruk House of Representatives and take on parliamentary functions. The announcement was made by the GNC deputy speaker Saleh Al-Makhzoum, reported news agency LANA.

    The Libyan Constitutional Court on Thursday cancelled the results of the June 25 general parliament elections, which lead to the formation of the current House of Representives in Tobruk. The decision effectively dissolves the Tobruk Parliament, which is recognized by the international community.

    The Tobruk parliament ''has been annulled and all of its decisions are null and void. In compliance with the court decision, all the decisions made by the National Congress - including the formation of a national unity government - are legitimate and applicable with immediate effect,'' Makhzoum said.

    In August after its mandate ended, the GNC had appointed a ''parallel'' government under Omar Al-Hasi that was never recognized by the international community. Makhzoum added that ''the Congress pledges before the Libyan people and all revolutionaries to take on its responsibilities until the conclusion of a final solution'' to the crisis, a solution that is ''acceptable to all Libyans''.

    With political chaos reigning in Libya after the parliament elected in June was dissolved on Thursday, a date has been set to hold municipal elections. Voters will cast their votes on November 29 in four regions, on December 6 in seven and on December 13 in three others, reported Libyan news agency LANA.

    In the meantime, a Tuareg militia supporting the Islamist Libya Dawn group broke into oil facilities on Wednesday in Sharara (southwestern Libya) belonging to the Akakus Oil company, it was reported on Thursday. The intruders later escaped, say local media. The militants stole about 20 company vehicles as well as computers and documents, Libya Herald quotes the head of the guard staff at the facilities as saying. He added that the attack had taken them by surprise and that thus no clashes had ensued. (ANSAmed). 


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