Libyan MP Threatens to ‘Suspend’ Prime Minister


Member of the Libyan Parliament (MP), Abdel-Moneim Al-Arfi said that a discussion on the withdrawal of confidence from the Government of National Unity (GNU) will be held during the next session.

Al-Arfi revealed that if the necessary quorum is not reached, the Parliament will “suspend” Prime Minister, Abdel-Hamid Dbaiba and refer him for investigation. He also noted that the necessary quorum to withdraw confidence from the government is at the request of 86 MP’s, and to refer Dabaiba for investigation at the request of 50 MP’s.

The MP expected to challenge the Presidential electoral law after the Constitutional Court opened the door for appeals. He warned that “the country will return to the 2014 [war] if the elections are not held on 24 December.”

Last week, Libyan Parliament Spokesman, Abdullah Blaiheg announced that 45 MP’s submitted a motion to withdraw confidence from the government.

Moreover, 29 MP’s called for withdrawing confidence, accusing it of “not providing the simplest services to the Libyan people.”

A signed statement stated that the PM was dealing with the eastern region “on the principle of punishment and defeat, and has become a party to the conflict.” They also accused the GNU of not adhering to the roadmap stipulated in the political agreement.

The MP’s said that “the government did not abide by what it pledged before Parliament in the confidence-giving session last March. It then began spending billions under the guise of the budget in Turkey and Tunisia, without showing an improvement in basic services, which have continued to deteriorate.”

They pointed out that this government “has become a burden on the Libyan citizen as a result of its high expenditures.” As well as adding that “the absence of the government’s coordination and management since its formation proves its failure in managing the state, and in achieving a small part of the citizen’s needs.”

They also criticized the PM himself, claiming that his “irresponsible statements threaten security and civil peace in Libya.”