Libya to convene international conference ahead of scheduled elections

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After a vote of no confidence in the Libyan transitional government this week added to the uncertainty ahead of key December elections, one of its leaders said the government would hold an international conference next month to try to maintain the political process on track.

Mohammad Younes Menfi, who chairs the three-member Libyan Presidential Council, announced the plan but gave few details at the meeting of the United Nations General Assembly of world leaders.

He said the conference would involve “relevant national bodies and institutions”, as well as regional and international voices.

The objective: to maintain the political process, to maintain international support “unified, coherent, coherent” and to conduct “safe, transparent and fair elections”, declared Mr. Menfi.

He did not give a place or an exact date.

“Libya is at a critical juncture, indeed, a watershed moment,” said Menfi, a diplomat from the east of the country.

“Either we succeed in the democratic transition through fair, free and transparent elections, the results of which are acceptable to all, then we move towards lasting stability and prosperity, or we fail and relapse into division and armed conflict. “, did he declare.

Libyan President Mohamed Younis Menfi (Mary Altaffer / AP)

Libya has suffered a decade of chaos since a NATO-backed uprising toppled longtime dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

In the process, the oil-rich nation was divided between an eastern government, backed by Commander Khalifa Hifter, and a UN-backed administration in the capital Tripoli.

Each side also benefited from the support of different regional powers, militias and mercenaries from countries such as Russia and Syria.

All mercenaries and foreign forces were supposed to withdraw after the ceasefire agreement last October, but they remain in the country and Menfi said the issue remained “a real challenge”.

The current transitional government replaced the two rival administrations and was supposed to prepare the country for the December 24 elections.

But Libyan politicians on Tuesday passed a vote of no confidence in the transitional government, adding to questions about the scheduled elections.

Yet the country’s prime minister, Abdul Hamid Dbeibah, said the government would continue to move forward.


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