Libya: Unity Government In Limbo After No Confidence Vote

Officially-recognized Tobruk parliament has refused to support UN-backed government, seemingly at the bidding of controversial strongman Khalifa Haftar.

After months of delays to the voting process, Libya’s parliament has refused to endorse the Government of National Accord (GNA) appointed as part of the UN-brokered peace deal signed in December. The vote in the Tobruk-based House of Representatives (HOR), the country’s internationally recognized parliament, was a resounding declaration of no confidence in the GNA. Of the 101 members who participated in the vote on 22 August, 61 voted against the GNA, with only one in favor and 39 abstentions. The HOR called for the Presidency Council (PC), which heads the GNA, to appoint a slimmed-down cabinet within 10 days, threatening to withdraw its support completely from the unity government if this does not happen. (CONTINUED - 1122 WORDS)