November 27, 2022

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The Libyan parliament is considering postponing elections for 3 to 6 months

The Libyan parliament is considering postponing elections for 3 to 6 months

Well-known Libyan sources confirmed yesterday, Monday, that the Libyan parliament will announce the postponement of elections for three to six months next Monday during the next session of the Libyan parliament. There are also restrictions on holding parliamentary and presidential elections on the 24th of this month.

Sources said that the next parliamentary session will be chaired by Akila Saleh and the new government will be announced.

He also clarified that the tasks of the next Libyan government will be limited in the preparation for the elections.

The sources said that the Election Commission had said that the election was postponed without explaining the rules in the appeals. Representative Ibrahim al-Darsi said parliament was preparing to take “legitimate and strong” decisions regarding the presidential election. On the other hand, Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio said in a statement issued by the Italian agency “Nova” that “it is now more urgent than ever to invite the Libyan parties to a constructive commitment.”

He added, “Increasing tensions are denying the possibility of the withdrawal of foreign mercenaries from the country, so it is urgent to call on the Libyan parties for a constructive commitment.”

“Our strategic goal is to achieve stability in a united and sovereign Libya,” he said, adding that “a ceasefire is in place in Libya today and work is underway to achieve the complex goal of elections.”

The Italian minister’s statements to the UN General Assembly on Libya. Libyan lawmakers say it is impossible to hold elections on their pre-determined date before announcing the next road map, in line with Ambassador Stephanie Williams’ intensive tours.

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Williams also expressed his pride in meeting two presidential candidates, Laila bin Khalifa and Hunaidah Mohammed al-Mahdi Dumih, in a tweet on Twitter.

Creative conversations

“We had constructive and positive conversations and listened to their views on the future of their country, including ways to move the electoral process forward,” Williams said.

Free and fair

Meanwhile, US Ambassador to Libya Richard Norland on Monday confirmed that Libyans are eager to participate in free and fair elections.

He said after a meeting with representatives of Libyan civil society organizations in Tripoli that Libyan institutions have the ability to guarantee the fairness of elections. Norland said: “Washington does not support any presidential candidate. We aim for peaceful, free and fair presidential and parliamentary elections. Norland said earlier yesterday that USAID technical assistance to the National Electoral Commission would support the holding of “free and fair elections that reflect the will of the electorate.” He added that he was “impressed” with the preparations for the election when he went to the polls with Imad al-Sayeh, the head of the Libyan Electoral Commission.

Seventeen Libyan presidential candidates have asked the Election Commission to state their reasons for not holding a referendum on the deadline.

Europe is renewing its commitment

Meanwhile, the European Union has reiterated its commitment to hold elections in Libya at any time, but it is better to estimate the date of the presidential election on the 24th of this month, followed by the Assembly elections early next year.

“We can not comment on the possibility of postponing elections in Libya, and the EU supports free and open elections as a key step in the political process to resolve the Libyan crisis,” he said. Spokesman for the European External Action Service during a press conference in Brussels.

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Stano added, “We support all Libyan organizations that hold presidential and subsequent legislative elections.”

Stimulate tensions

The postponement of the presidential election in Libya has become inevitable at a time when the Libyan people are mired in uncertainty, divisions and uncertainty, a French statement said.

The report, published by the French Geopolitical Website, quoted an analyst who specializes in Libyan affairs as saying that Virginie Columbier, a professor of political science at the European Institute in Florence, did not fully agree on the terms between the various parties. Electoral game and constitutional structure.

She asked: If we postpone the referendum, will we try to get a minimum level of consensus? Or postpone the crisis until later?

He also said that the election results could create tension in the country.

(Agencies)