Hassan Al-Werfalli (Benghazi, Cairo)
Yesterday, the UN Security Council unanimously approved the renewal of the mandate of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) until the end of next January, after lengthy discussions among the members.
After the vote on the new resolution, which won 15 votes, Britain confirmed that “Libya is going through a critical stage, and that this council has an important role to play.”
Britain’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Barbara Woodward, noted that “the Libyan people must be supported as they look to a more stable future, including through elections scheduled for December 24.”
She said: “It is essential that the elections take place on time, be credible and inclusive, especially that the United Nations Special Envoy and his team play a vital role in support, and I stress the importance of implementing the ceasefire agreement and the speedy withdrawal of mercenaries.”
This came, while the President of the Libyan Presidential Council, Muhammad Al-Manfi, discussed yesterday, in the capital, Berlin, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the mechanism for the withdrawal of mercenaries and foreign forces from Libya, and the holding of elections in the country on schedule, in addition to the file of national reconciliation as one of the most important ways to restore stability in the country. Libya, and assisting the Libyan people in building their democratic state.
The President of the Libyan Presidential Council praised, according to a statement issued by his office, Germany’s role in advancing the political process in Libya, by bringing together political parties and international and regional parties, during the last period through the two Berlin tracks.
For her part, the outgoing Chancellor, Angela Merkel, said yesterday, at a joint press conference with the exile: that Germany will remain committed to supporting Libya even after the government changes in Berlin. “I can assure you that in the coming weeks and months as well, even if we now have a transition from one government to another, the Libyan issue will remain a priority for Germany, so there will be continuity,” she added.
She stressed that the future of Libya should be determined by Libyans, not foreigners, and therefore the negative interference of other countries in Libya must stop.
Meanwhile, a member of the Libyan Presidential Council, Abdullah Al-Lafi, arrived yesterday in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, to meet with a number of Egyptian officials, and to discuss developments in the political and military situation in Libya during the last period, as confirmed by well-informed Libyan diplomatic sources to the “Union”.
The sources indicated that the member of the Libyan Presidential Council will hold consultations in Cairo on ways to hold the elections on December 24, the mechanism for removing mercenaries and foreign forces from all Libyan lands, reforming the security apparatus, and the file of national reconciliation. Supporters of the former mass regime to discuss the possibility of releasing political prisoners in the country.
In Tripoli, the head of the High Electoral Commission in Libya, Dr. Imad al-Sayeh, confirmed that the Libyan House of Representatives has not yet responded to the commission’s observations on the president’s election law, indicating that the commission is awaiting sending the Libyan House of Representatives election law, and upon receipt it will begin the process of implementing the election laws that stop On its content, pointing out that it is not possible to challenge the law on the election of the president, because the constitutional circuit is suspended, and there is no other way to appeal before the judiciary, expecting the elections to be held on their scheduled date at the end of this year.
He explained that after the withdrawal of confidence from the Libyan National Unity Government, Prime Minister Abdel Hamid al-Dabaiba has the right to run for the presidency, pointing out that the law issued by the Libyan parliament does not prevent the candidacy of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, ruling out not issuing the Libyan House of Representatives election law.