US Urges for Unity in Libya


On Tuesday, the Speaker of Libya’s Parliament, Ageela Saleh received the Chargé d’Affaires of the United States Embassy to Libya, Leslie Ordman.

The two discussed the efforts made by the Parliament to hold elections.
Saleh reaffirmed the Parliament’s legitimacy as the country’s legislative authority. He also stressed the need to set a mechanism for the fair distribution of wealth across the country’s regions.

Ordman stressed the importance of ‘building unity across divides, to best serve the interests of the Libyan people, including fulfilling their longstanding demand to choose their leaders.”

On Monday, Saleh said that elections could be held in or before November 2023. He pointed out that “the current dispute over the constitutional basis relates to the candidacy of military personnel and dual nationals, two points, where the committee in charge will converge views.”

In an interview with the “Cairo News” channel, Saleh added that “any law issued by the legislative authority related to the system of government is a constitutional rule, which can be built upon.”

He explained that “there is a convergence on the draft of the election law, with the exception of two articles. The committee in charge of converging views will refer the draft to the two chambers to take the necessary actions.”

The Speaker pointed out that “the legal basis for the constitution in Libya is the constitutional declaration of which the elections for the National Congress, the Constitutional Commission, and the Parliament were held. There are no booby traps, and the reason for the dispute is the barring of some personalities due to their dual nationality, and work in the armed forces. It should be left to the Libyan people to decide who governs them because some want military men, and some don’t want dual nationals.”

Saleh noted that “approving the constitution requires a referendum, while the constitutional rule is that the Parliament can amend the constitutional declaration and prepare it. It is possible, if the intentions are true, to establish a constitutional rule for the upcoming elections. What happened in Cairo will be presented to the two councils to consider the possibility of a referendum to resolve the differences.”

“What hinders the elections in Libya is external interference, but now there is a great rapprochement between the Libyans, and we expect to agree on the correct constitutional path during the coming period,” he added.