On Wednesday, members of the Libyan Parliament and the High Council of State (HCS) held a meeting to discuss the latest political developments in the country.
The meeting was co-chaired by the First Deputy Parliament Speaker, Fawzi Al-Nuwairi, and the HCS’s First Deputy Chairman, Naji Mukhtar.
The meeting was devoted to “discussing the political situation, and ways to end the current impasse amid the accelerating international events that have a negative impact on the situation in Libya.”
The officials called on the United Nations to “exercise its role by stopping all regional and international interference that has complicated the political process in Libya.”
They also agreed that the country is “going through a decisive stage, and that they must jointly work with all the active parties across the country.”
They also stressed the need to “bear their national and historical responsibility, and make every effort to lead the homeland to lasting stability.”
The statement stressed that the current stage “requires national partnership, as no party can unilaterally make political, economic, or security decisions.”
On Tuesday, members of the Libyan Parliament, led by Al-Nuwairi, held a meeting with a delegation of the UN Sanctions Committee in Tripoli.
The meeting discussed issues related to the human rights situation in the country and ways to address them. In light of the special attention that the United Nations attaches to this file.
The attendees also reviewed the work of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), and the obstacles hindering dialogue. In addition to the role of local and international parties in helping bring an end to the political impasse in Libya.
Two days earlier, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General to Libya, and Head of UNSMIL, Abdoulaye Bathily said that “the time has come for elections to proceed towards building legitimate institutions, and creating appropriate conditions for achieving stability.”
“It is the time to go for elections, to form bodies that have the legitimacy to sustain progress, so that Libya can regain its position as part of the United Nations family, and play its role in the humanitarian movement towards progress,” Bathily added.
Libya’s current political stalemate grew from the failure to hold elections in December 2021 and Prime Minister Abdel-Hamid Dbaiba’s refusal to step down. In response, the country’s eastern-based Parliament appointed Fathi Bashagha, who has sought to install his government in Tripoli for months.
The protracted stand-off between the two governments led to bouts of clashes in Tripoli last year, risking the return of civil war to the oil-rich nation after months of relative calm.
The North African nation has plunged into chaos after a NATO-backed uprising toppled and killed longtime leader Muammer Gaddafi in 2011. Libya has been virtually ruled by a set of rival militias and armed groups in the east and west.