Al-Mnifi: New Libyan Government’s Priority is Paving Way for Libyan Elections

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On Monday, President of Libya’s Presidential Council, Mohamed Al-Mnifi urged the Prime Minister of the Government of National Unity (GNU) Abdel-Hamid Dbaiba to pave the way for the upcoming general elections scheduled to be held on 24 December 2021.

During his speech at the swearing-in session of the GNU before the Libyan Parliament in Tobruk today, Al-Mnifi said that the priority of the Dbaiba government was to “provide public services to citizens, pave the way for general elections, and begin national reconciliation.”

He added that complete national reconciliation could be achieved by the end of the year, if they exerted their utmost efforts to reach compromises among all Libyan parties and form a nucleus for real reconciliation.

Dbaiba was elected during UN-sponsored talks in February, alongside an interim three-member Presidential Council. The PM’s swearing-in comes after the Libyan Parliament approved his cabinet last week, in a move that was hailed as “historic”.

His government includes two deputy prime ministers, 26 ministers, and six ministers of state; Women have been appointed to five cabinet posts, including the key foreign affairs and justice portfolios, a first for Libya.