Arab League Welcomes Libya’s Elections Agreements


On Friday, the Secretary-General of the Arab League, Ahmed Aboul-Gheit welcomed the joint statement issued by the Speaker of the Libyan Parliament, Ageela Saleh and the Head of the High Council of the State (HCS), Khaled Al-Mishri.

The two officials said in a joint statement, that they have agreed to set “a clear and specific” roadmap for elections. Saleh and Al-Mishri met in Cairo on Thursday. They also agreed to create a joint committee to refer the constitutional document to the two chambers for approval.

Aboul-Gheit expressed his hope that this “development would entail practical and serious steps leading to the announcement of a clear and specific national roadmap, in order to hold elections.”

He appealed to all Libyan actors to “support the current consensus in order to secure the holding of comprehensive national elections as soon as possible.”

“Aboul Gheit renewed his continued support for every serious and fair endeavour aimed at reviving the political process in Libya, ending the long-running transitional stages in the country, and establishing permanent stability,” his official spokesman said in a statement.

The roadmap, which is yet to be announced, aims “to organize elections and unify state institutions,” according to a joint statement issued by the two chambers.

The two sides affirmed their “keenness to achieve a consensual constitutional basis, to reach the Presidential and Parliamentary elections.” They thanked Egypt for “hosting the meeting and providing the appropriate environment for conducting the constitutional track talks, which led to this agreement.” They also thanked the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), headed by Abdoulaye Bathily.

“We extend our thanks to all the friendly and brotherly countries that seek the stability of Libya, and its territorial integrity,” the joint statement concluded.

Last month, Saleh and Al-Mishri announced their agreement to revoke the establishment of new Constitutional Court law. The two chambers said in a joint statement, that the step was taken in a move to “fulfil the constitutional entitlement, as a basis for the elections process.”