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Libyan elections to be held on 24 December 2021




The International Conference for the Stability of Libya confirms the date of the elections (Photo: Libyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
The International Conference for the Stability of Libya confirms the date of the elections (Photo: Libyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
LIBYA. At the end of the International Conference for the Stability of Libya, held on Thursday 21 October 2021 in Tripoli, representatives of foreign delegations and international institutions pledged their support to the electoral commission to organise transparent elections.

Despite the dissensions on the subject between the authorities in the east and west of the country - but also the statements of the Libyan High State Council (HSC), equivalent to the Senate, indicating in September 2021 that the date of December 24 would not be tenable - the legislative and presidential elections remain scheduled on the date provided by the UN, that is to say December 24, 2021. In any case, this is a promise made by Abdel Hamid Dbeibah, who was appointed interim Prime Minister in March 2021 with the task of carrying out the elections. He confirmed this deadline at the conference.

Rosemary DiCarlo, UN Under-Secretary for Political Affairs and Peacebuilding, called on the various Libyan parties to "refrain from any action that undermines the electoral process or does not accept its outcome. She recalled "the importance of dialogue among all political actors to strengthen unity and mobilise support for the electoral process." The UN Deputy Secretary General also urged Libyan leaders and institutions to "ensure the effective participation of women in this process to ensure that they occupy at least 30% of the seats in the newly elected bodies."

The UN will continue to provide technical assistance for the conduct of these elections. This will be the first presidential election in Libya's history. It is now up to the Libyan electoral commission to organise them in two months. "Since we took office, we have made a clear commitment to support the High National Electoral Commission to hold the elections on time, and to stress that the government of national unity has come to bring stability and peace to Libya after years of political division," commented Abdel Hamid Dbeibah.

Establishing a timetable for the withdrawal of foreign forces

At the same time, this meeting allowed the Joint Military Commission - which brings together the military from the East and West under the aegis of the UN - to set a timetable for the withdrawal of foreign forces present on Libyan soil. According to the UN, 20,000 mercenaries remain in the country, as well as soldiers from the Turkish army.
"Deterrence policies should be applied to those who intend to intervene in the sovereignty of another state," warned Najla al-Mangoush, Libyan Foreign Minister. Rosemary DiCarlo announced that "the first group of UN observers arrived today (ed. note: 21 October 2021) to support the Libyan-led ceasefire monitoring mechanism."

"We managed to organise a conference under Libyan leadership, about Libyans, whereas until now all conferences on Libya were held abroad. This confirms that the situation here has improved in terms of security, in terms of the unification of institutions. The international support for the unity government has had rapid results," said Najiba Wahiba, spokesperson for the Libyan Presidential Council.

Frédéric Dubessy


Tuesday, October 26th 2021



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