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Saturday, November 27, 2021

UNSMIL: International Community must Support Libyan Elections

On Saturday, the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) took part in a two-day meeting of the House of Representatives (HoR) and the High Council of State Council (HCS) delegations in Rabat, Morocco.

The consultative talks aimed to discuss a pending Libyan electoral law, a crucial requirement ahead of the presidential and parliamentary elections in Libya scheduled for December 24th.

In a statement, UNSMIL commended the two delegations for the positive atmosphere of the meeting.

It also voiced support for their call on the international community to support the electoral process in Libya based on agreed laws and on the outcomes of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) and to guarantee the respect of electoral results through the provision of international observers.

UNSMIL reiterated its gratitude to the Kingdom of Morocco for hosting this meeting.

On Friday evening, the two Libyan delegations issued a final communiqué on their consultative talks held in Rabat. They emphasized the need to ensure respect for the results of the elections by deploying international observers, to guarantee the good progress of this important national entitlement.

The two-day consultative meetings were attended by many Moroccan officials and members of UNSMIL.

The meeting has been ongoing since Thursday in Rabat between the Libyan representatives within the framework of Inter-Libyan discussions. They are discussing a pending Libyan electoral law, a crucial requirement ahead of the presidential and parliamentary elections in Libya scheduled for December 24th.

The Special Envoy and Ambassador of the United States (US) to Libya, Richard Norland, was also present at the meeting.

Norland stressed the importance of supporting all Libyan parties in order to formulate a road map for Libya’s recovery and stability.

The US official noted it was imperative that all Libyan leaders cooperate and make the necessary compromises in order to meet the aspirations of the Libyan people and to hold free and fair elections.

Tensions between ruling institutions have recently resurfaced, largely due to disagreement between the House of Representatives, the High Council of State, the Government of National Unity (GNU) and the Presidential Council, particularly over prerogatives and electoral laws.

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