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Libyan Parliament Speaker Aguila Saleh Issa. — File photo: Reuters

Cairo- Libyan Parliament Speaker Aguila Saleh Issa slammed on Monday the roadmap suggested by Head of Libya’s UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) Fayez al-Sarraj. The road-map suggests presidential and parliamentary elections in March 2018 to put an end to the absence of security and the political competition in Libya since the ousting of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

In his statement, Issa expressed his rejection of the suggested road-map and described the Presidential Council of Saraj government as an illegal body according to the Constitutional Declaration. He added that it didn’t gain the Libyan parliament confidence, not to mention that it violates the temporary constitution and has no legal qualification to call for elections or launch a similar initiative.

He considered that Sarraj initiative is a violation of the Constitutional Declaration and even the political agreement reached the end of 2015 under the sponsorship of the United Nations in Skhirat, Morocco.

The parliament speaker stressed that the Parliament is the only competent authority in the country to call for elections, underscoring that the Presidential Council of Sarraj government is controlled by the armed militias and the proposed map is only a means to gain legality, amend the Constitutional Declaration and prolong the term of the illegal Presidential Council.

In a televised speech, Sarraj called for presidential and parliamentary elections next spring for a three-year term or until the preparation of the constitution is concluded. He showcased a roadmap of nine points to rescue Libya from the crisis and activate the political agreement signed in Morocco among competent Libyan groups end of 2015.