Italian Parliament: Postponing Libyan Elections Threatens Libya

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The Head of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Italian Chamber of Deputies, Piero Fasino, said that the postponement of the Libyan elections will not only contribute to delaying the transitional process, but will expose it to several risks. He stressed the need to respect the timetable agreed upon at the Berlin Conference.

In an interview with the Italian magazine “Formica”, Fasino confirmed that the recent calls to respect the date of the elections at the end of 2021 were increasingly strong and frequent. He pointed out the discussion of this matter between US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken and Italian President, Sergio Mattarella during their meeting in Italy.

During the same interview, Fasino stressed that confirming the date of the elections on 24 December 2021, and pressing for it to be respected, “are necessary to ensure the course of the transition and constitutional and economic reforms.”

Last week, the Berlin II Conference on Libya reiterated the call for the immediate “withdrawal of foreign mercenaries from Libya,” according to the Italian news agency, Nova.

The Conference also called for the Libyan authorities to do their part to make the December elections possible; unify the Central Bank of Libya (CBL); and ensure an equitable distribution of oil revenues.