Ageela Saleh Arrives in Cairo for Talks


The Speaker of the Libyan Parliament, Ageela Saleh is due to arrive in Cairo to hold talks with senior Egyptian officials on the latest political developments in Libya.

Advisor to Saleh, Fathi Al-Marimi said in a statement that the visit comes at the invitation of Egyptian President Abdel-Fatah El-Sisi.

This comes as the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) members continue to vote on candidates for the interim executive authority, including Saleh. The authority is expected to lead the country to elections at the end of the year.

Libyan delegates at UN-led talks in Geneva will go to the second round of voting to elect a three-member presidency council. Delegates held the first round of voting on Tuesday, but with none of the 24 candidates meeting the required threshold of 70% of votes, elections moved to a second round.

The 24 candidates for the three posts gave campaign speeches on Monday via video conference, with many calling for reconciliation and the withdrawal of the estimated 20,000 foreign forces and mercenaries still in Libya.