Ihya Libya Proposes Handing Libyan Authority to Supreme Judicial Council to take Country to Elections

The Ihya Libya Movement submitted a proposal a few days, given the context of the nationwide protests in Libya, on handing over all Libyan powers to the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC), and urgently holding Presidential and Parliamentary elections without delay under the SJC’s supervision.

The statement issued by the Ihya Libya movement argues that the public protests were a “resounding cry of pain by proud Libyan people, who have been deprived of their most basic human rights and services”, and who demand an “end to all the existing and conflicting legislative and executive bodies.”

The statement said the voice of the Libyan people was clear and that the demonstrations demanded urgent direct Presidential and Parliamentary elections. It said that this stance by the public was aligned with Ihya Libya’s unilateral and joint statements and based on its continuous demands since 2014 for the necessity of implementing Resolution No. (5) of 2014, which obligated everyone to hold direct Presidential and Parliamentary elections.

The statement said that given the “failure of all our initiatives and the endeavours of other political, social and civil forces to convince the House of Representatives and and the advisory State Council of the necessity of uniting efforts to hold elections, “which are awaited by nearly 3 million voters”.

Ihya Libya articulated the following points in its statement:

1. Handover of all legislative and executive powers to the (Supreme Judicial Council) immediately and without any delay.

2. Dissolution of all legislative, advisory, executive and governmental bodies, including the House of Representatives, the State Council, the Presidential Council, the Government of National Unity, and Government of National Stability—immediately upon the handover to Supreme Judicial Council.

3. The Supreme Judicial Council would form a professional executive management committee to provide services to the Libyan people, pays their salaries and subsidies, implements everything related to Presidential and Parliamentary elections, and support the High National Electoral Commission (HNEC).

4. The Supreme Judicial Council would issue all decrees, laws and regulations necessary to conduct elections, issue final lists of candidates, and obligate HNEC to implement and enforce them urgently, not later than the end of 2022 in any case.

5. The Supreme Judicial Council would supervise the work of HNEC and ensures the respect and implementation of election results.

6. The Supreme Judicial Council and the 5+5 Joint Military Commission is to be entrusted with the military, police and security coordination over the entire Libyan territory with all military, armed, police and security forces to protect the elections and ensure the implementation of their results.

7. The Supreme Judicial Council would undertake the national supervision of any coordination with the UN Mission and international, regional and impartial civil organizations, to ensure the success of the elections, monitor them, ensure their integrity and complete the implementation of their results.

8. The Supreme Judicial Council would hand over the executive power to the elected president of the country, and the legislative power to the newly elected Parliament, no later than 31 January 2023, after they have taken the oath before it, and the SJC would returns to its original role as only the third judicial authority.

9. During its retention of all powers in the country, the Supreme Judicial Council would appoint  judicial committees to guard and manage the oil, financial, investment and real estate resources of the Libyan people to ensure that they are not tampered with, and the fairness of public spending on all segments of the people without unfairness or discrimination.

© ALMARSAD ENGLISH (2022)