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Less than 48 hours before D-Day, a parliamentary committee responsible for monitoring the ballot concluded that theimpossibility to keep it on the scheduled date, which was set over a year ago.

Its conclusions were made public after an announcement of the postponement of the poll had been awaited for several days, against the backdrop of insurmountable disagreements between rival camps.

Since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, Libya has failed to extricate itself from a decade of chaos, marked in recent years by the existence of rival powers in the East and West of the country and by a series of armed conflict.

The December 24 election was to mark the culmination of a UN-sponsored political process to end this chapter of divisions and instability.

CornDecember2021 provided for by the electoral law “,” text “:” after consulting the technical, judicial and security reports, we inform you of the impossibility of holding the election on the date of 24Décembre2021 provided for by the electoral law “}}”>after consulting the technical, legal and security reports, we inform you of the impossibility of holding the election on the date of December 24, 2021 provided for by the electoral law, wrote the chairman of the said committee, Al-Hadi al-Sghayer, in a report to the head of parliament, without advancing a new date.

Abdelhamid Dbeibah, in full suit.

The current Prime Minister, businessman Abdelhamid Dbeibah, submitted his candidacy on November 21, after the date initially scheduled to do so.

Photo: Reuters / HAZEM AHMED

The Libyan High Election Commission (HNEC) bounced back from this report to propose to postpone the election for one month until January 24, 2022. Parliament will take responsibility for adopting the necessary measures to remove obstacles to the electoral process, she announced in a press release.

After the ceasefire signed in October 2020, between camps in the East and the West a new unified government was set up at the beginning of the year, at the end of a laborious process overseen by the UN, to manage the transition to the elections.

A postponement that had been taking shape for a long time

If the postponement of the poll had been in no doubt for several days, no institution seemed to want to take the responsibility of formalizing such a postponement, the Libyan High Election Commission and the Parliament based in Tobruk (East), in conflict, each considering that it is up to the other to do so.

By proposing a new date, the Libyan High Election Commission seek to put responsibility in the hands of Parliament, says Wolfram Lacher, an expert on Libya at the German SWP Institute. Parliament must approve the new date, but it is unlikely to do so..

From now on, we must expect long disputes over the date of the new elections, agrees with AFP researcher Hamish Kinnear, from the Verisk Maplecroft institute.

The international community was united on the need to hold elections on December 24, and most Libyan political actors had pledged to respect this date. The problem is that no one could agree on the constitutional basis of the elections.

A quote from Hamish Kinnear, researcher at the Verisk Maplecroft Institute

The scenario of a postponement has been emerging for weeks, the ingredients likely to transform the historic deadline into a fiasco multiplying: a contested electoral law, a modified calendar to postpone the legislative elections and controversial figures declaring themselves candidates.

Khalifa Haftar, in full suit, speaks into microphones.

One of the presidential candidates, Marshal Khalifa Haftar, a strongman from eastern Libya, during a press conference at the premises of the Libyan High Electoral Commission, on November 16, in Benghazi.

Photo: Getty Images / AFP / ABDULLAH DOMA

The electoral process was also peppered with serious incidents: armed men blocked access to the Sebha court (South) to prevent the lawyers of Seif al-Islam Gadhafi, younger son of the former dictator Muammar Gaddafi, from appeal the rejection of his presidential candidacy.

On Tuesday, armed militiamen were deployed in Tripoli, raising fears of a resumption of violence as a postponement of the election loomed.

The US envoy for Libya and ambassador to Tripoli called for calmed down Wednesday and measures likely to ease the tense security situation in Tripoli and elsewhere in Libya.

He also urged, in a statement, the Libyan leaders to swiftly work towards removing all legal and political obstacles when the elections are held.

In addition to Gaddafi’s son, the main figures who have run for president are Marshal Khalifa Haftar, a strong man from the East, and the current Prime Minister, businessman Abdelhamid Dbeibah.

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