Eastern Parliament pulls out of peace talks


The political impasse continues in Libya with the House of Representatives based in the east of the country deciding yesterday to pull out of the United Nations brokered Libyan Dialogue process and withdraw its support for the Government of National Accord (GNA) based in Tripoli. The parliament has rejected Article One of the Libyan Political Agreement (LPA) which sets out the names of the of the Presidency Council.

The House of Representatives also confirmed that it wants fresh presidential and parliamentary elections to be held before 2018. Quite how such elections will take place when large parts of the country are suffering from conflict between militias is unclear.

A battle for control of the country’s main oil ports has been raging over the past week although yesterday the militias who captured them last Friday agreed to hand control to the Government of National Accord based in Tripoli. This may sound like good news but prior to the takeover by militias the ports were controlled by the House of Representatives which is based in Tobruk hence the reason for their pull-out of peace talks. Meanwhile the Libyan National Army which is loyal to the to the House of Representatives and commanded by Field Marshall Khalifa Haftar is amassing troops new the ports.

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