By Libya Herald reporter.
Tripoli, 29 January 2016:
Awad Abdul Sadiq, the first deputy president of the continuing General National Congress (GNC), is threatening . . .[restrict]legal action against second deputy president Saleh Makhzoum, claiming his position as head of the GNC dialogue team was usurped by Makhzoum when he signed the Libyan Political Agreement in November.
Makzoum signed the deal along with the HoR deputy president Emhemed Shouaib.
Abdul Sadiq claims that he was the legitimate head of the GNC team, having been appointed to the job by the GNC in September last year, and that it was for him to sign or not sign the deal.
It is, however, something of a legal grey area.
Membership of the Libya Dialogue is by invitation from the UN Special Envoy, not selection by the GNC or the House of Representatives. However, the former envoy Bernardino Leon effectively went along with GNC’s decision to appoint three new members to its Dialogue team (Makhzoum, Abdurrahman Sewehli and Mohamed Abdul Nabi Bagi). They were invited to subsequent Dialogue meetings
Legally, though, the delegates are those who the UN Special Envoy decides, and the decision last November that Makhzoum was again the representative of the GNC may be difficult for Abdul Sadeq to challenge in an international court. [/restrict]