Amid current political developments, where does the Presidential Council stand?

Member of Parliament, Hassan al-Zarqa, said that the silence of the Head of the Presidential Council, Mohammed Menfi, is explained by the fact that he prefers to hold the stick from the middle in the current conflict, rather than clarifying his council’s position on the recent parliament decisions, which gave confidence to the Bashagha government, whether by support or rejection.

Al-Zarqa added, in a statement to Asharq Al-Awsat, that Menfi avoids aligning himself, despite the fact that the head of the unity government, Abdel Hamid Dabaiba, exceeded the powers of Menfi, but that Dabaiba was redressing such differences by covering the expenses of the activities of the Presidential Council.

The Libyan political analyst, Abdullah al-Kabir, said that the Presidential Council’s keenness to distance itself from the conflicts of political forces, the latest of which was the dispute between Dabaiba and the House of Representatives, was disappointing for the Libyans, and indicates that the members of the Presidential Council only want to ensure that they are not ousted from power. At the same time, it is unlikely that the Libyan Prime Minister, Fathi Bashagha, would freeze the authority of the Presidential Council because it does not have the legitimacy to do so.

It is noteworthy that Abdullah Al-Lafi, Vice-President of the Presidential Council, called on the Libyan Attorney General, Al-Siddiq Al-Sour, to investigate threats against members of the House of Representatives and their families before the session of granting confidence to the Libyan government.

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