Media Release / Middle East & North Africa 09 October 2015 Crisis Group Reaction To Announcement of New Government of National Accord in Libya Share Facebook Twitter Email Linkedin Whatsapp Save Print Following UN Special Representative for Libya Bernardino León’s announcement of a new Government of National Accord, Joost Hiltermann, Crisis Group’s Middle East and North Africa Program Director, had the following reaction: UN Special Representative Bernardino León is right to be frustrated with the Tripoli-based General National Congress (GNC) leadership’s stalling on proposing names for a Government of National Accord (GNA). The latest draft of the Libyan Political Dialogue agreement has made many of the concessions they asked for and they risk being left out if they continue to stall. But, at the same time, one should not lose sight of the increasing divisions within both the GNC and the internationally-recognised, Tobruk-based House of Representatives (HoR). Such divisions make the chance of either parliament signing the Political Agreement and agreeing on a GNA ever more remote. León's unveiling of names for the full seventeen-member GNA cabinet has pre-empted negotiations between Libyans themselves on these positions and is providing ammunition to opponents of the deal by making it easier to paint the government as a UN imposition rather than the choice of Libyan stakeholders. Ultimately, the composition of the GNA is less important than securing broad agreement on security arrangements and economic governance – the real contentious issues any new government will face. Rushing the process carries the risk of backfire. Related Tags Libya More for you Video / Middle East & North Africa How to Put Libya Back on Track Podcast / Middle East & North Africa Can a New UN Envoy Help Resolve Libya’s Political Crisis?