The United Nations is likely to delay a conference intended to prepare Libya for elections this year until there is more support from rival leaders, sources familiar with the plans said.
The chairman of the Libyan Government of National Accord’s Presidential Council, Fayez al-Sarraj, has discussed with Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis vital issues, insisting that the Libyan people will choose their representatives through the ballot boxes.
The Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, said on Friday that setting deadlines for elections in Libya is counterproductive as the political players need to agree first on a political solution to end the country’s conflict.
The UN envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salame, said that he is eager to the parliamentary and presidential elections more than the Libyans themselves, pointing out that there will be no delays in the implementation of the current schedule.
In its two sessions held on Monday and Tuesday, Libya’s internationally-recognized parliament, the House of Representatives (HoR), debated some potentially key pieces of legislation.
Libya should press ahead with national elections even if voters reject a draft constitution in a planned referendum, the Speaker of the House of Representatives (HoR) Aquilah Saleh told Reuters on Wednesday.
The delay by the Faiez Serraj Tripoli government in providing the needed finances is the reason for the High National Election Commission’s (HNEC) failure to announce a date for the constitution referendum.
The Chairman of the High National Elections Commission (HNEC) Emad Al-Sayeh met in Tobruk with the Speaker of the House of Representatives (HoR) Aqilah Saleh and discussed the preparations of the constitution referendum.
Member of the High National Elections Commission (HNEC), Abdelhakim Belkheir, has clarified that the HNEC will meet with the House of Representatives next week to review the latest developments on the constitution referendum and to identify the date to be held.
Speaker of the House of Representatives (HoR) Aqila Saleh, requested the High National Electoral Commission (HNEC) to expedite the referendum process on the draft constitution.