Presidential Council (Libya)
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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  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.
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.
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. Any decision taken by the Council must be approved unanimously by its President and all its Vice Presidents.
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. 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.
List of Members
As of 30 March 2016, the members of the council were:
|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||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|
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