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LPDF Member: Libyans Want Simultaneous Elections

On Wednesday, a Member of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF), Amal Bugaighis sent a message to the Libya Stability Conference, stressing that the Libyan people want simultaneous elections on 24 December.

“I am sending a message to the Conference to Support Stability in Libya to be held in Tripoli. Support the Libyans in their legitimate right to a peaceful transfer of power and respect for national and international charters and pledges. What the Libyans want is simultaneous elections on 12/24/2021,” the LPDF member claimed.

“New blood and a Libya with new faces,” Bugaighis stated, adding “may God have mercy on the martyrs, make 12/24/2021 a new birth for the homeland.”

The Libyan Parliament approved a law for parliamentary elections to take place a month after the planned 24 December presidential elections.

Parliament Spokesman, Abdullah Blaiheg said they had approved all articles of the law, which will keep Parliament with the same number of MP’s.

He pointed out that the approved law was voted on by 70 to 75 MP’s who were present the session.

“The law is based on the rules of the current parliamentary elections, but will shift to voting for individual candidates rather than lists,” Blaiheg explained.

The UN-backed roadmap called for parliamentary and presidential elections on 24 December, but did not specify a constitutional or legal basis for voting.

The Spokesman did not mention why the elections were scheduled for January.

The Parliament issued the presidential election law on 8 September. The country’s High National Elections Commission (HNEC) announced on 12 September that it had received the law.

The Parliament also announced the withdrawal of confidence from the Government of National Unity (GNU) but kept it as a caretaker government.

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