Will Ahmed Maiteeq Become Libya’s New Prime Minister?

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On Tuesday, Deputy Prime Minister of the Government of National Accord (GNA) Ahmed Maiteeq who is also a candidate for the upcoming interim executive authority stated that if elected, his government will endeavor to focus on national reconciliation in order to facilitate the holding of general elections, scheduled for 24 December 2021.

In his speech to the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) today, Maiteeq said, “we will work to combat corruption with the state security apparatus and other institutions. The issues of migrants, displaced persons, and youths will be top a priority for the government during the coming period.

He also noted that the next government will have wider powers than the GNA, and this will open the way for many issues to finally be resolved. “We will work to provide a COVID-19 vaccine so that half of the population is vaccinated within 6 months.”

“The lack of a budget prevented the GNA officials from fulfilling their duties well,” he said, confirming that he will communicate with all Libyan parties to reach compromises to end the current transitional period and enter a new phase of construction and development.

Notably, the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) said earlier today that the candidates for the interim government’s Presidential Council failed to get the minimum 70% of votes by LPDF members in Geneva. It announced that the next round of voting will take place on Thursday and Friday.