By Jamal Adel and Ajnadin Mustafa.
Tripoli, 10 December 2014:
Former members of the General National Congress (GNC), many of whom are associated . . .[restrict]with a voting bloc led by Ezzeddin Al-Awami, continue to state their opposition to the revival of the GNC. Furthermore, they say they are concerned that the political maneuvering of the GNC is adding to the fracturing of the nation.
In a letter addressed to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, 29 former GNC members expressed their support for the House of the Representatives (HoR) as the only legitimate elected body in Libya. The Supreme Court decision which ruled the HoR unconstitutional was not, they say, a valid decision and came as a result of pressure by armed militias.
They expressed their disappointment that some in the international community have begun to contact the revived GNC in what seems to be an attempt to grant it legitimacy and give it a role in the current political process.
The group expressed their appreciation for the UN’s attempts to facilitate dialogue and negotiations to end the armed conflicts and division in Libya. [/restrict]