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Libyan MP: No Agreements with Turkey until Forces are Withdrawn

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On Saturday, the Chairman of the Defence and National Security Committee of the Libyan House of Representatives (HoR), Talal Al-Maihoub, said the presidential elections were delayed by the impact of foreign intervention in the country.

In a statement, Al-Maihoub added that the elections will not be feasible under militias of Turkey’s political Islam.

The Chairman of the Defence and National Security Committee stressed that there will be no agreements with Turkey until the departure of their forces and mercenaries from Libya. The agreements that the Libyan Member of Parliament (MP) talked about included the agreements concluded with the former Government of National Accord (GNA) headed by Fayez Al-Sarraj.

He noted that the interference of the British Ambassador in the Libyan internal affairs is unacceptable. Al-Maihoub warned the British Ambassador of this behavior, calling her to respect the Libyan sovereignty.

Notably, the Embassies of France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom (UK), and the United States (US) issued a joint statement yesterday in which they said the transfer of power from the current interim executive authority to the new executive authority should take place following the announcement of the results of such early and prompt parliamentary and presidential elections.

The western countries warned that they will hold to account those who threaten the stability or undermine the political and electoral process in Libya, through violence, or the incitement of violence.

Citing inadequacies in electoral legislation, challenges, and appeals related to candidates’ eligibility, the High National Election Commission (HNEC) requested that the Libyan Parliament set another date for the first round of the Presidential elections, within a 30-day period.

Currently at stake is a peace process is viewed as the best hope in years of bringing an end to the decade of chaos and violence that has engulfed Libya since a NATO-backed uprising that ousted Moammar Gaddafi in 2011.

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