Presidential Council (Libya)

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Presidential Council
المجلس الرئاسي
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The Presidential Council (Arabic: المجلس الرئاسي‎) of Libya is a body formed under the terms of the Libyan Political Agreement which was signed on 17 December 2015. The Council carries out the functions of head of state of Libya [1] and is to take command of the Libyan National Army. The agreement has been unanimously endorsed by the United Nations Security Council which welcomed the formation of the Presidency Council and recognized that the Government of National Accord is the sole legitimate executive government of Libya. The Presidential Council presides over the Government of National Accord.[2]


Since 2014, two governments, one in Tripoli and one in Tobruk, have vied for power. The government in Tobruk was recognized by the international community prior to the formation of the Presidential Council.[3]


The Presidential Council has nine members and its proceedings are led by a President supported by five Vice Presidents and three Ministers, one drawn from different constituencies and different ministries, respectively.[4][5] Any decision taken by the Council must be approved unanimously by its President and all its Vice Presidents.[5]


The Chairman of the Presidential, Fayez al-Sarraj (former member of the Tobruk parliament), and seven of the council's other members arrived in Tripoli on 30 March 2016 at the Abu Sittah naval base.[3][6] The following day, it was reported that the GNA has taken control of the prime ministerial offices and that the rival National Salvation Government appointed prime minister Khalifa al-Ghawi had fled to Misrata. On April 5, the National Salvation Government announced that it was resigning, "ceasing operations," and ceding power to the Presidential Council.[7][8][9]

List of Members[edit]

As of 30 March 2016, the members of the council were:[10]

Incumbent Office Since Constituency
Fayez al-Sarraj President of the Presidential Council 30 March 2016 GNA
Musa Al-Koni Balkany Vice President of the Presidential Council 30 March 2016 Southern Libya
Fathi Al-Majbari Vice President of the Presidential Council 30 March 2016 Petroleum Facilities Guards (PFG)
Abdulsalam Kajman Vice President of the Presidential Council 30 March 2016 Muslim Brotherhood
Ahmed Maiteeq[11] Vice President of the Presidential Council 30 March 2016 Misrata and GNA
Ali Faraj Qatrani Vice President of the Presidential Council 30 March 2016 LNA
Omar Al-Aswad Minister 30 March 2016 Zintan and Western Libya
Ahmad Hamza Al-Mahdi Minister 30 March 2016
Muhammad Al Mimary Minister 30 March 2016 GNA

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "As Libya marks 64th independence anniversary, UN envoy urges unity behind new Government". United Nations. December 24, 2015. Retrieved November 6, 2016.
  2. ^ "Unanimously Adopting Resolution 2259 (2015), Security Council Welcomes Signing of Libyan Political Agreement on New Government for Strife-Torn Country". United Nations. December 23, 2015. Retrieved November 7, 2016.
  3. ^ a b "A Quick Guide to Libya's Main Players". European Council on Foreign Relations. Retrieved November 7, 2016.
  4. ^ "UN proposes unity government to end Libya conflict". Al Jazeera. October 8, 2015. Retrieved November 7, 2016.
  5. ^ a b Article 1.3 of the Libyan Political Agreement. 2015.
  6. ^ "Support grows for Libya's new unity government". Daily Mail. April 1, 2016. Retrieved November 7, 2016.
  7. ^ "Libya's Tripoli Government Says Will 'Cease Operations'". ABC News. April 5, 2016. Retrieved 2016-04-05.
  8. ^ "Tripoli authorities cede power to Libyan unity government: statement". Yahoo! New Zealand. April 5, 2016. Archived from the original on April 15, 2016. Retrieved April 5, 2016.
  9. ^ Ayyab, Saber (March 31, 2016). "Rebel Tripoli administration vanishes".
  10. ^ "Presidential Council to Be".
  11. ^ "Libya: Ahmed Maiteeq Hails Algeria's 'Support' to Political Dialogue in Libya". All Africa.

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