27 April – 4 May: Candidates rejected for Libya’s semi-sovereigns

May 5, 2021 | Libyan actors

This week was marked by the High Council of State’s (HCS) rejection of the list of candidates proposed by the House of Representatives (HoR).

On 30 April, the HCS rejected the list of candidates presented by the House of Representatives (HoR) for Libya’s powerful semi-sovereign institutions. In a letter to HoR Speaker Aqeela Saleh, the Head of the HCS Khaled Mishri stated that the list did not reflect the previous agreement reached between the representatives of the HCS and HoR at Bouznika, Morocco. The letter affirmed that the HCS remains committed to the Bouznika agreement, and would be prepared to agree amendments with the HoR

On 27 April, the GNU Prime Minister, Abdul Hameed Dabaiba, stated that the GNU intends to return to Benghazi soon, after a planned GNU trip to the city last week was cancelled.  The LNA General Command subsequently stated that, although it has no ‘legal or sovereign’ links to the GNU, it welcomes cabinet meetings in Benghazi or any other cities under its security. The LNA called for the GNU to co-ordinate any future visits with the Ministry of Interior structures in Benghazi and warned that the GNU should not bring militias and armed groups to the city.

On 2 May, Libya’s Muslim Brotherhood announced that it has become an NGO under the name ‘Revival and Renewal’ (Al-Ihya wa’l-Tajdid). The organisation stated that it intends to prioritise charitable works. It also stated that it will only work within Libya and will not be affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood outside the country.