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Libya’s Muslim Brotherhood Criticizes Parliament Postponement of Constitutional Referendum

Libya’s Muslim Brotherhood Criticizes Parliament Postponement of Constitutional Referendum

Thursday, 2 August, 2018 - 10:00
Newly-graduated Libyan police officers march during their graduation ceremony at the compounds of a Police Academy in Tripoli, Libya, October 31, 2013.
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Libya’s Muslim Brotherhood has criticized the Parliament’s decision to postpone a vote on the constitutional referendum in the country.

Mohamed Sowan, head of the Justice and Construction Party, the political wing of Libya's Muslim Brotherhood, said in a statement on Tuesday that the House of Representatives has been “robbed” of its free will.

He claimed that the group, which controls the parliament, has become a tool for certain regional countries aiming to sabotage Libya’s political process.

The parliament has also failed to convene an effective session for more than a year, Sowan added.

"Some parties backed by regional countries don’t want political stability in Libya and don’t want Libya to overcome its crisis,” Sowan said in televised statements.

“The lack of international unity has allowed some small countries to play a bigger role in Libya,” he stressed.

Sowan’s scathing attack on the parliament came after a controversial session it held on Tuesday when its members failed, after two days of deliberations, to vote on the new constitution and pave way for presidential and parliamentary elections that the UN and France are seeking to hold by the end of 2018 despite Italy’s opposition.

On the other hand, Defense Minister Mahdi al-Barghathi rejected the decision of Fayez al-Sarraj, the head of the Government of National Accord (GNA), to suspend him, saying the decision needs to be tackled by administrative judiciary.

In a statement, Barghathi saw his sacking as a cover up for the criminals who attacked the Libyan National Army at the Brak al-Shati airbase last year.

Meanwhile, Sarraj discussed in a meeting held in Tripoli the steps needed to implement Libya’s economic reform program.

His press office quoted the Central Bank governor as saying that the banking sector was willing to implement the measures, which among others include resolving the dinar rates and subsidizing oil and gas.

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