Libyan parliament vice president resigns amid corruption allegations

The vice president of the Libyan Parliament (east), Al Hadi Al Saghir, presented his resignation on Tuesday due to the “incompatibilities” of his mandate and the rights of citizens after occupying the position for only three months and amid accusations of corruption.

“I offer my resignation voluntarily due to the difficulty of harmonizing the aspirations of the nation, its rights and the available work tools,” he said in an open letter in which he urged the president of the chamber, Aqila Saleh, to accept his decision with immediate effect.

Shortly before this announcement, several deputies called for his dismissal and the opening of an investigation after accusing him of taking advantage of his role to obtain personal interests and appointing people from the Fezzan region, where he is from, as senior State officials.

Saleh assured this Monday that he would not accept an investigation against any deputy before withdrawing his parliamentary immunity and asked to hold the session behind closed doors to address “delicate” issues.

Last week the 6+6 joint committee – made up of members of Parliament and the High Council of State – met to agree on the electoral laws and a roadmap that would make the elections possible, for which it proposed the formation of a single government provisional.

Currently, two parallel administrations share power in Libya: the Government of National Unity (GUN) of Abdelhamid Dbeiba, based in Tripoli; and a parallel Executive in Sirte, unilaterally appointed by Parliament in February 2022 and led by Osama Hammad, appointed last week to replace Fathi Bashaga.

After more than twelve years of transition, stalled over and over again by political divisions and armed conflicts, Libya is trying to organize presidential and legislative elections, postponed indefinitely from the end of 2021.

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