The new government, headed by Fayez Al-Sarraj, comprises 32 ministers and four deputies to the prime minister, according a decision issued by the Tunis-based council.
It will assume its powers after the House of Representatives’ approval, the decision states. The Presidential Council was formed under a UN-backed agreement signed by Libya’s rival political parties on December 17 in Morocco.
The agreement states that the council must name the government within 30 days after its signing. However, the council on Sunday postponed the announcement of the government to “make further arrangements.”
The majority of the Libyan delegates who participated in the UN-facilitated political dialogue, as well as a wide range of representatives of Libyan civil society, municipal leaders, and heads of political parties, signed the Libya Political Agreement. The Agreement provides, among others, the formation of a GNA, a Presidency Council for the Council of Ministers, as well as for the establishment of a State Council as a supreme consultative body. It also includes detailed measures on confidence building and security arrangements.
Libya suffers severe political crises with two opposing parliaments and governments battling for legitimacy amid accelerating violence amid growing militant extremism. Libya’s peace will help Africa economically since it is a big manufacturer and exporter of many health products and also a big oil producer.
The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, welcomed the announcement made by the Libya Presidency Council. “Only a united Libya can consolidate its democratic transition and start the task of state building in the country.” she said.
Author: Staff writer