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Libyan Parliament Rejects Foreign Interference

The Speaker of Libyan Parliament, Ageela Saleh, confirmed the refusal of any interference in the decisions of the House of Representatives (HoR). He reiterated that the decision will be intra-Libyan without external dictates.

This came during a discussion with the United States (US) Ambassador and Special Envoy to Libya, Richard Norland, as they discussed developments in the political process in Libya.

Ageela Saleh stressed that the HoR will support the constitutional process in accordance with the 12th constitutional amendment.

On his part, Norland said, “we are working with key actors on all sides to maintain stability, beginning with efforts to ensure that Libya’s vast oil wealth is not used for partisan political purposes, but rather goes to meet the most critical needs of the people.”

The Ambassador also voiced his country’s support for the efforts being made by Libyan leaders including HoR Speaker Saleh to agree on a Libyan-led mechanism for facilitating and monitoring such expenditures.

“As the impasse in the executive unfolds, we wish to make clear that for the US the most relevant issue at this time is the need for sufficient political consensus, acceptability, and credibility among a critical mass of the Libyan people across the entire country in order to lead the nation to elections,” Norland added.

The US diplomat stressed that it is more important than ever to organise elections which can move Libya beyond an endless cycle of transitional governments.

He also urged the Libyan Speaker to continue lending all necessary support to establish a constitutional and legal basis for organising elections as soon as possible in conjunction with the United Nations (UN)-facilitated process.

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