German Ambassador to Hold Session on Libya

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German Ambassador to Libya, Michael Ohnmacht, will hold a dialogue session on Monday, concerning the German position on Libya and Libyan-German relations.

In a tweet, Ohnmacht said, “I invite you tomorrow for a dialogue session on the German position on Libya and the Libyan-German relations.” He stressed that he will answer a set of questions directly on Facebook at 4:00 pm, and he called on citizens to ask questions starting from Sunday at 01:00 PM until Monday at 02:00 PM.

Last week, the German Ambassador to Libya announced that Berlin would increase its contribution by an additional €3 million to support the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Promoting Elections for the People of Libya’ (PEPOL) project.

He added that this will help the UNDP continue its support for Libya’s High National Election Commission (HNEC) in preparing and conducting elections. In partnership with the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), the project aims to strengthen the HNEC’s capacity to plan and prepare for elections.

The HNEC’s Head, Emad Al-Din Al-Sayeh, stated that the support of the UNDP and the international community, particularly Germany, will help contribute to the success of the elections and create a stable Libya. “The HNEC will do everything in its power to make sure that this contribution will benefit the people of Libya, and we are confident that we will succeed in this task,” he added.

UNDP Resident Representative, Gerardo Noto, stated that “UNDP along with UNSMIL through the Integrated United Nations (UN) Electoral Team will continue supporting the HNEC in conducting democratic national elections, which are essential building blocks for an inclusive peace building and political process. As well as ensuring citizens participation to regain the democratic legitimacy of public institutions in Libya.”

Germany is one of the main UNDP Libya contributors ($44 million in total) supporting initiatives aimed at strengthening the rule of law, and democratic governance in Libya.

With funds from the European Union (EU), Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, France, and the United Kingdom (UK) contributing to the PEPOL project, an integrated UN team of electoral experts of UNDP and UNSMIL have been supporting the HNEC since 2018. This is to enhance its institutional capacity to prepare for, and deliver credible elections in Libya.