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Libya: a parliamentary committee refuses to set a date for the elections


During a long-awaited session of Parliament, meeting Monday in Tobruk (east), this commission responsible for monitoring the elections presented a report concluding that it would be risky to set a new date at this stage, thus opposing an end of not to receive the date of January 24 proposed by the Libyan High Electoral Commission (HNEC).

On the other hand, the committee recommended the establishment of a new realistic and applicable roadmap, defining its stages, instead of setting new dates and making the same mistakes.

In its report read to the deputies by its president Al-Hadi al-Sghayer, the commission also proposed the establishment of a commission in charge of the development of a Constitution, abolished by the former Muammar Gadhafi regime in 1969. , and called to reshuffle the executive.

The parliamentary session, which continues on Monday, has yet to discuss the committee’s proposals.

“Impossibility of an election”

Less than 48 hours before D-Day, the presidential election was postponed for differences on the legal basis of the ballot. The same parliamentary committee concluded thatimpossibility an election on the scheduled date, while a postponement had been expected for several days, against the backdrop of insurmountable disagreements between rival camps about an election that several divisive candidates had to contest.

The HNEC had, in the process, proposed to postpone the presidential election for one month, until January 24, 2022.

In its report presented on Monday, the parliamentary committee did not endorse this date, chosen according to it on the basis of considerations politicians, and considering that a election on January 24 would meet the same fate as that of December 24.

People are holding placards, one of which is written:

Libyans demonstrated in Tripoli on November 19, 2021 to protest against the presidential candidacy of Seif al-Islam Gaddafi.

Photo: Getty Images / MAHMUD TURKIA

The HNEC never managed to publish the final list of candidates, its work having been disrupted by the multiple appeals to cancel contested candidacies, foremost among which that of Seif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of the late dictator.

Shortly before the start of Sunday’s sitting, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Libya, Stephanie Williams, called on MPs to fulfill their national responsibility by responding urgently to requests from the National High Electoral Commission regarding electoral legislation and legal remedies to advance the electoral process.

In a joint statement released on Friday, the United States, France, the United Kingdom, Germany and Italy called for a rapid decision on a new electoral calendar after the postponement of the presidential election in Libya.

Seeming to anticipate a resurgence of power struggles, the five signatory countries of the communiqué also lent their support to the continuation of the mandate of the current executive in Tripoli until the actual holding of the elections.

In addition to Seif al-Islam Kadhafi, the strongman of the East Khalifa Haftar who set the country on fire by sending his troops to conquer the capital, in vain, or the current interim Prime Minister Abdelhamid Dbeibah who had promised not to compete, were among the most prominent candidates, and the most divisive, in an election yet supposed to reunite the country and inaugurate a new Libya.

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