Panafrican News Agency

Libyan PM urges all stakeholders to unite to hold elections in December

Tripoli, Libya (PANA)  - The Libyan prime minister of the Government of National Accord, Abdelhamid Al-Dbaiba, Thursday urged the concerned legislative bodies and institutions to work together towards holding general election on 24 December.

The Libyan political process has resulted in the adoption of a roadmap by the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum, covering a transitional phase that will culminate in general election on 24 December, under the supervision of the Interim Executive Authority, the Presidential Council and the Government of National Accord.

But blockages on finalizing a constitutional basis for the elections are jeopardizing the organization of the poll.

In a speech to a UN Security Council session on Libya on Thursday, Al-Dbaiba called on the House of Representatives (Parliament) and the High State Council and members of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) to put aside their differences and assume their historical responsibilities to hold the elections on the scheduled date.

He added that holding the parliamentary and presidential elections on 24 December "is a national choice and a historical right".

Dbaiba stressed that his government had formed a ministerial committee to support the elections and had allocated what the High Electoral Commission needed despite the lack of approval of the general budget by the House of Representatives.

The Libyan prime minister said Libyans were returning their country to a more stable and positive situation under his government, which had been able to unify most of the state's executive institutions, pending completion of the rest.

Mr Al-Dbaiba also considered that the continued presence of mercenaries and foreign fighters posed a real danger to the current political process and efforts to maintain a ceasefire and complete the unification of the military institution.

He called on the international community to support Libya in unifying the army and security institutions and to help support a comprehensive strategy for the implementation of demobilization, disarmament and reintegration programmes, security sector reform and border security.

The prime minister also stressed that the government was working to combat illegal immigration, welcoming all positions that realize that the issue of migration was not only an issue in the Mediterranean or on the shores of Libya, but also a phenomenon that must be addressed at source.

He called on the Security Council to commit to preserving the funds of the Libyan people frozen abroad, stressing that the actions taken by some countries in exploiting Resolution 1970 were a source of great concern.

Mr. Al-Dbaiba called for the need to make changes to the sanctions regime so as to allow the relevant Libyan institutions to manage these funds to avoid further damage to the value of these assets and their loss.

He called on countries involved in the situation in Libya to work to create a climate of productive collective action and to stop systematic internal attempts to weaken the government's ability to deal with economic challenges, the price of which is unfortunately being paid by the Libyan citizen.

He called on the international community to support the efforts of the Presidential Council and the Government of National Accord to launch the path to national reconciliation and transitional justice.

Mr. Al-Dbaiba also called on the Security Council to implement the successive resolutions by "tackling those who obstruct at the local and international level, who always threaten with the use of war and military solutions, considering that the option of entering into new wars between Libyans is over and is a thing of the past".

-0- PANA BY/IS/BBA/RA 15July2021