Libyan Lawmakers Say Majority Back Unity Plan, but No Vote Yet
The continued difficulty around securing a quorum for an HoR vote for the unity government in Libya is outlined in an article from Reuters Africa. While the parliament did not come to a vote during the week of 18 April 2016, a majority of members supposedly affirmed their support for the GNA.
After the latest push to secure a vote collapsed amid recriminations on April , a group of pro-GNA lawmakers, who say they number just over 100, a majority, issued a statement backing the unity government late on Thursday.
The West sees the Government of National Accord (GNA), formed under a deal agreed in December, as the best chance to end political turmoil since the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 that led to a rise in factional fighting and Islamist militancy, and are urging the eastern parliament to agree.
But politicians close to Libya’s eastern armed forces and its powerful commander, Khalifa Haftar, have blocked a vote, saying they want to protect the military’s future role.
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