President Aguila Saleh said a meeting to discuss the vote of confidence will be held in the central city of Sirte if the safety of participants is guaranteed.
The speaker of the east-based Libyan parliament announced that the chamber would hold an extraordinary session on March 8 to discuss holding a vote of confidence on a new unity government.
Aguila Saleh, speaker of the House of Representatives (HoR) in Tobruk, said in a statement Friday that the meeting in the central city of Sirte would take place if a joint military commission is able to guarantee the safety of the participants.
The commission consists of five senior officers from the United Nations-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli and five from its rival, the so-called Libyan National Army (LNA) of the renegade military commander based in the East , Khalifa Haftar.
The North African country, a major oil producer, has been mired in conflict since the 2011 NATO-backed uprising against longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi. The sometimes chaotic war attracted several outside powers and a flood of foreign arms and mercenaries.
Since 2015, Libya has been divided between the GNA and the HoR in Tobruk, allied with Haftar.
The two sides agreed to a permanent ceasefire in October after Haftar’s attempt to wrest control of the capital from the GNA failed.
“Parliament will meet to discuss a vote of confidence on the government on Monday March 8 at 11 am in Sirte if the 5 + 5 Joint Military Commission guarantees the security of the meeting,” Saleh said.
“If that proves impossible, the session will be held at the temporary seat of parliament in Tobruk at the same date and time,” he added.
It is unclear whether the vote itself will take place on March 8 or whether the meeting will be limited to talks.
But General Ahmad Abu Shahma, head of the GNA military committee and member of the joint military commission, said in a statement on Saturday that the forces of the Tripoli-based administration would not be able to secure Sirte for the event.
“Sirte is still under the control of foreign forces and mercenaries. There is no presence of legitimate forces to secure the city, ”Abu Shahma said.
“It is up to parliamentarians to choose the place that suits them in coordination with the competent security authorities.”
Meanwhile, interim Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah said earlier this week that he had presented Saleh with a “vision” for a cabinet roster that would help lead Libya to the December elections, and that the names proposed ministers would be disclosed to parliament during the confidence conference. vote.
Parliament has 21 days to vote on the list, according to a UN roadmap.
Dbeibah was selected earlier this month as part of a UN-sponsored inter-Libyan dialogue, the latest internationally-backed attempt to save the country from a decade of conflict and fragmented political fiefdoms.
Saleh said on Friday that Dbeibah should choose “competent and upright people from across the country to [national] consensus ”for his government.
“Everyone should be represented so that [Libya] can emerge from the tunnel, ”Saleh said.
If approved, a new cabinet would replace the Tripoli-based GNA, led by Fayez al-Sarraj, and the parallel administration in the east.
The Prime Minister will then face the gigantic task of unifying Libya’s proliferating institutions and leading the transition until the December 24 elections.