Libya Extends Retirement Age to 70


The Libya Parliament issued a law to amend the Social Security Law, extending the retirement age for workers in all state sectors to 70 years.

According to the text of the law, which was reported by the Libyan News Agency (LANA), “A person who has reached the age of end of service or work may continue to work until he reaches the full age of 70 Gregorian years. It is also permissible to reappoint those who were previously referred to the pension.”

According to the Libya law: “Everyone who applies for this requires the approval of their employer, while complying with the other conditions established by law to remain in work or be reappointed to it.”

Prior to the amendment, Law No. (13) of 1980 set the retirement age at 65 years for men in Libya.
The Libya law also specified three cases of retirement at the age of 60, including female workers, men working in businesses or industries harmful to health determined by the regulations, and men working in ordinary work provided that the termination of work is based on their own and their employers approval.

Libya was supposed to hold its Presidential elections on 24 December 2021, in a United Nations-led effort to drag Libya out of its years of conflict. The ballot was delayed indefinitely, after bitter arguments over divisive candidates and a disputed legal framework. The Parliamentary committee overseeing the elections declared holding it “impossible” on the scheduled date.