High Council of State (Libya)

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High Council of State

المجلس الأعلى للدولة
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Founded5 April 2016 (2016-04-05)
First Deputy Chairman
Second Deputy Chairman
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Political groups
     Members of the GNC appointed after 2014 (134)
     Members of the GNC elected in 2012 (11)
Appointed by the General National Congress
Meeting place
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Radisson Blu Al Mahary Hotel
Tripoli, Libya
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The High Council of State, (Arabic: المجلس الأعلى للدولة‎), also known as the Supreme Council of State, is an advisory body for Libya formed under the terms of the Libyan Political Agreement which was signed on 17 December 2015.[4] The agreement resulted from United Nations supported peace talks and has been unanimously endorsed by the Security Council.[5] The High Council of state is able to advise the interim Government of National Accord (GNA) and the House of Representatives (HoR) and can express a binding opinion on these bodies under certain circumstances.[6] The members of the council will be nominated by the General National Congress.


The council met for the first time on 27 February 2016 [7] and it was formally established at a ceremony at the Radisson Blu Al Mahary Hotel in Tripoli on 5 April 2016.[8]

The council moved into the headquarters of the former General National Congress, at the Rixos Al Nasr Convention Centre, on 22 April 2016.[9]

On August 2016, a 94 members rival High Council of State was proclaimed in Benghazi and its members wanted to join the official body.[10]

On 21 September 2016, the High Council of State took legislative powers.[11]

On 10 October 2016, the Rixos Al Nasr Convention Centre was attacked by gunmen loyal to the GNC.[12] On 15 October 2016, forces loyal to the GNC took over the building and announced the return of the Ghawil cabinet.[13][14] Then, fighting occurred between Sarraj loyalists and Ghawil forces.[15][16] Following these clashes, the council once again took up residence in the Radisson Blu Al Mahary Hotel.

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  1. ^ "State Supreme Council elects Al-Sweihli as President". Libyan Express. 2016-04-06. Retrieved 2016-04-06.
  2. ^ "Al-Makhzoum: PC will announce leadership of Libyan army soon". Libyan Express. 2016-04-06. Retrieved 2016-04-06.
  3. ^ http://www.libyanexpress.com/al-sweihli-calls-on-tobruk-parliament-to-speed-up-implementation-of-skhirat-agreement/
  4. ^ https://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=52902#.VoGSchWLTIV
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-01-30. Retrieved 2016-06-21.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ http://english.alarabiya.net/en/views/news/middle-east/2015/12/25/Libyan-deal-on-course-but-who-is-on-board-.html
  7. ^ http://www.digitaljournal.com/news/politics/op-ed-state-council-of-libyan-government-of-national-accord-meets/article/458782
  8. ^ "GNC members announce its "dissolution" and creation of the State Council". Libya Herald. 2016-04-05. Retrieved 2016-04-05.
  9. ^ http://www.libyanexpress.com/state-supreme-council-takes-over-the-gnc-headquarters/
  10. ^ "Al-Sweihli sends three High Council of State members to investigation - The Libya Observer".
  11. ^ http://www.libyaobserver.ly/news/state-council-assume-legislative-power-condemns-takeover-oil-ports
  12. ^ "High Council of State evacuated over rift with its security guards - Libyan Express". 10 October 2016.
  13. ^ http://www.libyaobserver.ly/news/gnc-retakes-parliament-compound-high-council-state-condemns
  14. ^ http://www.trtworld.com/mea/rival-group-seizes-libyas-un-backed-government-offices-207539
  15. ^ http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/245898/World/Region/Clashes-erupt-in-Libyan-capital-Tripoli.aspx
  16. ^ https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/us-concerned-about-use-of-force-in-libyas-capital/2016/10/16/a26658c4-9386-11e6-9cae-2a3574e296a6_story.html

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