Libya: Western countries call for a quick date for the presidential election

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The USA, France, Britain, Germany and Italy called for a quick date for a new presidential election in Libya, after their postponement as they were scheduled for December 24.

“We urge the Libyan authorities to honor the Libyan people’s expectations for a speedy election by quickly setting a final date for the vote and publishing the final list of candidates for the presidency without delay,” the five countries said in a joint statement.

These countries consider it “important to maintain the momentum” in order to elect a new government and to “strengthen Libya’s independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and national unity.”

They reiterated their call for a “settlement of political and military disputes” without resorting to violence, saying they were “ready to hold accountable those who threaten stability or undermine the political and electoral process by force or incitement to violence”.

The Supreme Electoral Commission has proposed postponing for a month, until January 24, 2022, this crucial deadline in the UN-sponsored transition process, which aims to pull the country out of the chaos that followed the fall of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

Parliament will consider this proposal next Monday. However, there is no guarantee that the possible decisions of the Parliament, based in Tobruk, in eastern Libya, will be followed by the Tripoli authorities, as there is a rivalry between the two camps.

Sources: French Agency, ΑΠΕ-ΜΠΕ

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