Will The Libyan Elections Take Place in December 2021?

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On Saturday, the Libyan High National Elections Commission (HNEC) hailed the success achieved during the voting that led to the elections of a new unified interim government by the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF). These elections were held Friday in Geneva under the auspices of the United Nations (UN), ahead of the planned elections scheduled for December 24th, 2021.

In a statement, the HNEC’s Board said that it is looking forward to working closely with the interim government in the coming period. It will be committed to this body until the transfer of power to an elected government has taken place. It is hopeful that this body is committed to meet the aspirations of the Libyan people and is able to achieve long-waited stability in the North African country.

The HNEC also reaffirmed its readiness to fulfil the tasks entrusted to it by the Constitutional Declaration and to assume its responsibilities towards holding the country’s national elections at the end of the year.

“We will do our utmost efforts to enable all Libyans to exercise their constitutional right in casting their votes in free and fair elections that will reflect the real will of our ancient society,” the statement concluded.

Earlier, Libyan delegates at UN-facilitated talks chose Hamid Mohammed Dabiba as transitional Prime Minister, along with a three-member Presidency Council, to govern Libya until December elections.

Mohammed Younes Al-Menfi will become the new Head of the Presidency Council in the unity administration.

Oil-rich Libya has been stuck in a condition of instability and fragility since the ouster and killing of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. It now has two rival authorities and a multitude of militias vying for control of the country.