Libya: Unified Government Necessary for Elections


Member of Libya’s Parliament (MP), Jibril Ouhaida, said that a consensual agreement may be reached between the Libyan Parliament and the High Council of State (HCS) over the electoral laws. These are necessary for holding the country’s presidential and parliamentary elections.

In a press statement, Ouhaida said, “it is necessary to form a unified government that would be tasked with supervising Libya’s elections, on the condition that its Prime Minister does not run in the upcoming presidential elections.”

The Libyan MP continued, “forming the new government will not be a major obstacle to holding elections, provided that the head of any government does not run for the upcoming presidential elections.”

“Changing heads of the country’s sovereign positions is an important entitlement that must be accomplished before elections, according to the roadmap that was agreed upon between the two rival councils.”

Notably, the two speakers of the Parliament and the HCS said in a joint statement, that they have agreed to set “a clear and specific” roadmap for elections. Ageela Saleh and Khaled Al-Mishri also agreed to create a joint committee to refer the constitutional document to the two chambers for approval.

The roadmap, which is yet to be announced, aims “to organise 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.

In addition, he stressed the necessity of removing mercenaries and foreign forces from all Libyan soil, so that the elections’ results are accepted by all parties.

The Libyan lawmaker also stressed the need to abide by all security arrangements and complete the removal of all militias from the scene, in order to ensure the transparency and integrity of the forthcoming elections.

In December, Saleh and Al-Mishri also 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 “fulfill the constitutional entitlement, as a basis for the elections process.”