Return of legitimacy to Libyan people, members of the Committee resign

Four members of the Return of Trust to the People Committee commissioned by the Prime Minister of the Libyan Government of National Unity, Abdel Hamid Dabaiba, to outline the political path in the North African country, submitted their resignations simultaneously, citing “the continuing deterioration of political, economic, security and social conditions that have reached a dangerous point for the unity of the Nation and its people.”

To submit their resignations, dated May 21, 2022, were: Sami Salem Al-Atrash, Fairouz Abdel Rahim Al-Naas, Abdulrahman Hussein Qadoua and Abdel Hamid Al-Kazah. The letter is formally addressed to the President of the Committee, Ashraf Bilha, and to Prime Minister Abdel Hamid Dabaiba. The resigning hinted at the catastrophic failure of all executive, administrative and legislative bodies in Libya, from the February 17 revolution to today.

They say all political forces have not managed, for a decade now, to achieve the desired stability, starting with the political agreement signed in Skhirat, passing through the negative results of the road map towards the modification of the political agreement through the Tunis negotiations at the end of December 2017, Paris, Palermo, Berlin, up to direct meetings between the Libyans, including the missed national conference scheduled in Ghadames in 2019, canceled due to military operations on the capital Tripoli.

“Mr. Prime Minister, we, as free people, will not accept being used as a conclusion. Your intentions to return the legitimacy to people are not serious, like other bodies that claim to do so.” Reads the statement. The committee was set up by Libyan Prime Minister Dabaiba last March 30 and included 19 members in addition to the president. Its tasks include supporting the implementation of elections and communicating with all components to raise awareness on holding elections as soon as possible importance. So that the Libyan people can directly choose who represents them, abolishing all existing bodies which mandate is expired.

The committee also has to communicate with the High National Electoral Commission (HNEC), experts from Libyan universities, physical and legal persons, institutions and bodies, including representatives of civil society, in addition to organizing workshops and seminars aimed at preparing citizens to vote.

Meanwhile, the chairman of the committee Ashraf Bilha said that only two members would have expressed their willingness to resign, noting that the committee continues to carry out its duties regularly. “The document on the principles of governance will be soon complete,” Bilha says, explaining that the members of the committee, coming from different specters of Libyan society, have divergent opinions. “Those differences aren’t easy to manage,” he concluded.

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