Libya’s House of Representatives Approves LPA Amendments
On Tuesday Libya’s House of Representatives (HoR) voted to approve the new Libyan Political Agreement (LPA) amendments as a part of the United Nations action plan for Libya. The Voice Of America have published a short article detailing the key points of the amendments:
Under the new plan, Libya will have a smaller presidential council that carries out the functions of head of state with nearly the same powers as the previous council, while a new government will be formed before a national conference is held.
The presidential council will be composed of three members – a president and two deputies – instead of nine and the parliament along with another Tripoli-based consultative body known as the State Council will elect council members. The presidential council names a prime minister a week after its formation while the prime minister forms a government two weeks after his appointment.
As for the longtime divisive article number 8, which states that the council commands the armed forces, the parliament has voted in favor of it.
The article expands on some of the implications of the new action plan, which you can continue to read here.