By Sami Zaptia.
London, 28 March 2016:
The House of Representatives (HoR) has failed to meet in official session in Tobruk again today . . .[restrict]due to the lack of a quorum.
The failure comes despite an earlier call by HoR president Ageela Salah on all members to meet in Tobruk today in order to vote on the constitutional amendment and the Government of National Accord (GNA).
This will be the fifth time that the HoR has failed to achieve a quorum for an official session, with the last successful meeting being on 23rd February.
A constitutional amendment is necessary in order to make the LPA and its resultant GNA constitutional. There is disagreement within the HoR as to whether the GNA can be voted in prior to voting in a constitutional amendment.
It will be recalled that HoR members had complained about intimidation and insecurity in Tobruk, especially after the brief kidnapping in Tobruk of Misrata member Mohamed Raied in January. They had called on Salah to provide some guarantees. Salah has so far failed to publicly address their demands.
After the failure to obtain a quorum this morning, Salah released an official statement calling on all HoR members to meet in Tobruk tomorrow. Salah said that in view of the crises that the country was going through, members should live up to their ‘’responsibilities’’ as representatives of their electorate. [/restrict]