Amidst international concerns about the fate of the country’s main elections, especially the elections, in light of the renewed political conflicts and disagreements.، The US ambassador stressed that “Libya is going through very difficult times.”
During the Libyan-Libyan meetings in Rabat, US Ambassador Richard Norland called for the issuance of a Libyan election law within a time horizon not exceeding two weeks, in order to be able to hold both presidential and parliamentary elections, on their scheduled date on December 24, 2021..
In a statement to reporters, at the conclusion of the first official session of political negotiations on the elections in the capital, Rabat, the American diplomat stressed yesterday, Thursday, according to what Al-Arabiya reported, that Libya is going through very difficult times, stressing that the solution lies in holding elections..
He also urged the Libyan negotiators to reach a legal document that guarantees the holding of the elections on time.
Parliamentary and presidential elections
In turn, the head of the High Electoral Commission, Imad al-Sayeh, stressed that the commission will not open the door for candidacy for the presidency, until the issuance of both laws (related to the presidential and parliamentary elections)..
He also added in a press interview, that the commission will open two thousand electoral centers on October 16, to distribute voter cards..
It is noteworthy that many Libyan politicians and ambassadors of foreign countries have previously warned that the differences between the Libyan parties would overthrow this important achievement..
In a letter sent a few days ago by 46 members of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum to the UN envoy, Jan Kubis, they warned of “the existence of dangerous developments that may hinder the holding of the elections.”“.
These warnings came with the recent intensification of disputes between Parliament on the one hand, and the government and the Supreme Council on the other, which prompted many Western countries, as well as the United Nations, to stress the need to conduct them on schedule in advance..
It is noteworthy that the issue of elections was agreed upon within a road map developed last year (2020) by the Political Dialogue Forum, which was convened by the United Nations to end the ten-year crisis, but the differences over this file still threaten the peace process..
Besides setting a date for the vote, this UN-backed roadmap has produced a new transitional administration to take over from the rival governments that emerged in Tripoli and Benghazi during the civil war..
However, Parliament’s decision to withdraw confidence from the government of Abdul Hamid Dabaiba more than a week ago drew many local and international concerns about the fate of this entitlement..