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Libya urged to respect electoral timetable

The United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Italy have called on the Libyan transitional government to respect the…

The United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Italy have called on the Libyan transitional government to respect the dates of the upcoming general elections on December 24.In a joint statement, the Western powers called on the transitional government led by Abdelhamid Dbeibah to facilitate the holding of “elections on 24 December and to approve the constitution and legal framework for these elections by 1 July.”

 

In addition to “political and security arrangements,” the five embassies called for “essential technical and logistical preparations” for the elections be made.

 

In order to overcome the political crisis and insecurity that has plagued the country for over a decade, a provisional executive was installed in February in Geneva under the auspices of the United Nations. It then received a landmark vote of confidence from parliament on 10 March.

 

The transitional government’s mission was to work towards holding these elections by the end of the year in order to move towards a “unified, democratic and sovereign Libya.” But so far, it has not yet begun preparations for the organization of these two elections, which is the very reason for its appointment.

 

For these diplomatic representations, it is not the time to “disrupt the competent bodies and delay the holding of the elections” at the risk of calling into question the schedule set by the UN Security Council.

 

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