Libyan Parliament Sets 12 Conditions for New Prime Minister

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On Tuesday, the Spokesman for the Libyan Parliament, Abdullah Blaiheg stated that MP’s have set 12 conditions to accept the candidacy for the next Prime Minister.

In press statements, Blaiheg explained that the Parliament’s Presidency approved the conditions during today’s session, which was attended by 120 MP’s.

He confirmed that the conditions are as follows:

1) Must be a Muslim Libyan citizen born to Muslim Libyan parents.
2) Must not hold a foreign nationality
3) Must not be married to a non-Libyan woman.
4) Must not be less than 35 years old at the time of candidacy.
5) Must have a university degree or its equivalent from an accredited university.
6) Submit a certificate of good conduct and behaviour.
7) Must not have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanour involving moral turpitude or dishonesty.
8) Must be in good health to carry out his duties.
9) Submit a written pledge not to run for the upcoming elections.
10) Submit his resignation before his candidacy according to the laws regulating the work of the candidate.
11) Obtain a recommendation of 25 members of the Libyan Parliament.
12) Submit a financial disclosure statement.

Libya’s newly established Roadmap Committee aims to advance the electoral process following the postponed December 2021 elections. As well as move the country along the path towards stability, UN and civil society briefers told the Security Council on Monday.

Shortcomings in the legal framework and contradictory court rulings on candidates were among the reasons triggering the postponement of the 24 December 2021 elections, said Rosemary Di Carlo, Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, in a briefing on recent developments.
As a result, the Parliament decided to draft a constitution within one month, and established the committee to define a timetable and process for elections. It is due to submit this report to Parliament today, she explained.

“Libya is at a delicate and fragile juncture, and it is critical that positive steps are nurtured,” she said, adding that, “humanitarian gains led to a shrinking number of people in need of assistance in 2021, and dialogue among stakeholders has advanced economic, security, and political goals over the past year.”

Talks are advancing on the withdrawal of foreign mercenaries and the ceasefire remains in force. This comes as a second group of monitors from the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) have been deployed.

Yet, “human rights concerns persist among migrants, refugees, and detainees, and the inhumane conditions they endure,” she noted. Di Carlo also stressed that insecurity and tensions threaten to undermine gains, and jeopardize successful elections. She emphasised that “the way forward is through the ballot box, and not the gun.”