Libya: Unifying State Institutions Secures Elections


Libyan MP, Abdel-Salam Nassiyah stated that the “division of sovereign institutions, and the expiration of the terms of those who occupy them constituted a major factor in the aggravation of the political and economic situation in Libya.”

In press statements, Nassiyah added that the “unification of these institutions will lead to activating their oversight role, which has been missing for years. As well as reach a consensus on a single executive authority, thus restoring the state and securing access to elections.”

He stressed the “need for the selection of the holders of sovereign positions to be through a transparent mechanism, that guarantees access to qualified people.”

Notably, Spokesman for the UN Secretary-General, Stéphane Dujarric confirmed that the new UN Envoy to Libya, Abdoulaye Bathily’s “highest priority is to support defining a consensual path towards fair and comprehensive elections, as soon as possible.”

In Press Briefing, Dujarric said: “On Libya, which we haven’t talked about in a while, I want to tell you that our Special Representative for Libya, Abdoulaye Bathily, arrived at the end of last week in Tripoli.”

“Following his arrival, he met with the Presidential Council leadership, Prime Minister of the Government of National Unity (GNU), Abdel-Hamid Dbaiba, and Speaker of the Libyan Parliament Ageela Saleh. Previously, Foreign Minister, Najla Mangoush welcomed him to the country via a telephone call, as she was away from the country,” he added.

Dujarric pointed out that the different Libyan stakeholders welcomed Bathily, and expressed their readiness to work with him to find a political solution to the conflict.

He explained that Bathily relayed to his Libyan interlocutors that the UN mission’s top priority remains supporting elections, and to “ensure a Libyan-owned and Libyan-led solution to the crisis.”

“Over the next few weeks, Mr. Bathily plans to consult with a wide range of stakeholders, including civil society, women, and youth groups from across Libya.”