Al-Bilad” program discussed on Friday the visit of Foreign Minister Najla Al-Mangoush to the southern region and the role of the members of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum regarding the completion of the constitutional basis.
The member of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum, Ahmed Al-Sharkasy, in his intervention on the program on 218News, referred to the way to agree on the constitutional basis when the road map was written in Tunisia in the presence of members of the House of Representatives and the High Council of State, saying they were trying to overcome the mistakes that were made within the political agreement.
Al-Sharkasy affirmed that the forum for political dialogue is a secondary body that fills the void that may be caused by theparliament and the high council of state, saying they had emphasized that these legitimate local institutions are the ones that are supposed to make the decision, but in the event that they can’t, as happened previously, the political dialogue forum will take up this task.
Asked if there is an agreement within the dialogue forum on the constitutional basis proposal, Al-Sharkasy said: “We have to know very well that the choice of the executive authority was where interests intersect, and therefore a large number of members of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum were aiming to pass the political council and change the agreement, but now the constitutional basis is the end of the work of the House of Representatives and the state.”
Al-Sharkasy believes that some people who are related to their personal interests and do not want to leave the political scene are fighting violently for survival, and I mean some of the parliament and high council of state members, especially those who adhere to the referendum in order to exceed the deadline of December 24.
Al-Sharkasy demanded that discussions about the constitutional basis should be broadcast live so that there would be popular control over the behavior of individuals and the discussion of whether the presidential elections will be direct or indirect, and some reservations on the constitutional basis.
He continued: “If the bodies of escalation (parliament and high council of state) succeed in delaying the December 24 deadline, there will be no elections in Libya in the long term. The situation will be catastrophic par excellence, and the war will be very close and it may be international, not local. We may reach a division, but not by local will, but by the will of Turkey and Russia.
According to the constitutional basis, there will be a referendum on the constitution after the elections. This is one of the priorities of the next parliament.
Regarding the question of the “Al-Bilad” program: How can the work of some personalities within the forum for political dialogue be evaluated? Ahmed al-Sharkasy said: “There are personalities from the House of Representatives and the High Council of State who testify to their competence and insist on elections more than the rest of the team. There are personalities who literally declared (We want to stay in power and will not leave it).”
He added: “After the departure of Stephanie Williams from the UN mission: the pace of work in the political dialogue forum decreased, and this is what prompted us to speak with some intensity with some officials within the mission.”
Al-Sharkasy indicated: “How can I blame the National Unity Government in not performing its work as agreed upon in the Road Map when it has not yet received the budget, but the truth is that there is a kind of obstruction to the National Unity Government.”
How does the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum support the positions of the National Unity Government? In person, the members of the Forum for Political Dialogue support the national government. We must know that the upcoming elections are not the radical solution to the Libyan crisis, but rather they are tantamount to breaking the monopoly of power and creating a culture of change.
On the other hand, Al-Sharkasy talked about the real problem of Libya in the decision-making, adding: “A large number of them stand against the upcoming elections under the pretext of the security situation at times and the referendum on the constitution at other times, and a third time, under the pretext of the displaced. In my opinion, these arguments can be overcome. For example, in 2014, Benghazi was controlled by the Ansar al-Sharia group, and elections were held, yet the change of the Head of the High Electoral Commission, Emad Al-Sayeh, at this time, was considered a form of obstruction.
Mangoush’s Visit to the South
Journalist and political researcher Idris Abdel Salam – from the south said the visit of Minister of Foreign Affairs Najla Al-Mangoush to the south comes within the framework of the role of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to stand close to the conditions that the southern region suffers from, including illegal immigration and security chaos resulting from the vast borders between Libya and Niger, Libya and Chad and the common border between Algeria and Niger through which illegal immigration, terrorism and drug trafficking occur.