By Ahmed Elumami.
Tripoli, 16 February 2014:
The General National Congress sitting today was suspended after what some members described as chaos as it discussed its future and whether it should either be replaced in new elections or continue until the new constitution has been approved.
In stormy session, it was decided that the Congressional blocks should meet and discuss the roadmap options so as to reach a consensus on what happens next and vote on the matter.
“We started the sitting normally but there was no chance to hear each other as a number of Congress members insisted on talking at the same time,” independent Congressman Mohamed Ahmed Busnaina told the Libya Herald.
Congress decided to give the political blocks more time to discuss Plan B of the roadmap. According to this, the February Committee, set up just over a week ago, will give the green light to elections for a replacement GNC and a president if the Constitutional Committee says that it will not have a draft constitution ready by July.
It appears now, however, that Plan B may happen much earlier, regardless of the Constitutional Committee’s timescale.
Independent Benghazi Congressman Ahmed Langhi, a member of the February Committee also told this newspaper this evening that because of the growing public pressure, he was now confident that early elections would be approved this week. There was every likelihood that the Higher National Elections Commission would then be asked to start preparing in early March for the elections.
Congressman Busnaina likewise said that Congress was likely to agree early elections.
It was aware of the current political climate, he said, and the growing demand that it go.