Panafrican News Agency

Libyan parliamentary candidates present initiative for elections to Presidential Council

Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - A number of candidates for the parliamentary elections in Libya, on Sunday presented an initiative on the holding of elections  as soon as possible to the chairman of the Presidential Council, Mohamed Al-Manfi, pledging their full support to the Council in the national reconciliation issue.

The meeting, which was held at the office of the Presidential Council on Sunday, is part of the promotion of the political process by maintaining the popular momentum for the holding of elections, in response to the aspirations of nearly three million voters, a statement of the Presidential Council said.

The chairman of the Presidential Council urged the candidates to continue to demand the acceleration of the parliamentary and presidential elections.

He stressed the Council will spare no effort to support all measures aimed at achieving stability in Libya, through free, fair and transparent elections according to an agreed constitutional basis and whose results are accepted by all.

For their part, the parliamentary candidates affirmed their full support for the steps taken by the Presidential Council to achieve a comprehensive national reconciliation among all Libyans in order to establish peace and stability.

There are ongoing efforts to break the political deadlock following the postponement of the 24 December elections, which has resulted in two competing governments, that of the incumbent Prime Minister of the Government of National Unity (GNU), Abdelhamid Al-Dbaiba, and the other Prime Minister appointed by Parliament,  Fathi Bachagha.

This situation has heightened tensions, risking a new war between the two camps.

Mr. Al-Dbaiba announced on Sunday that he had ordered the formation of an expanded national committee comprising independent personalities from different regions of Libya to conduct a national dialogue on a draft electoral law and constitutional rule.

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