Algerian President: Libya Needs New Method to End Prolonged Crisis

The Algerian President, Abdelmadjid Tebboune
The Algerian President, Abdelmadjid Tebboune

The Algerian President, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, said that holding elections in Libya is the main step to getting out of the decade-long crisis in the country. The President stressed that this should be done in accordance with new mechanisms.

In an interview with state television, Tebboune stated that he repeatedly confirmed that the solution must be from the Libyans themselves and that no one else can decide their fate.

The President stressed that the international community has finally aligned with the Algerian proposal that a prompt presidential election must be held in Libya.

Tebboune indicated that Libya needs nee leadership chosen by the people with a view to building a new structure for the state, including all its political institutions.

The Algerian President affirmed that Libya has all the capabilities to achieve its renaissance in the near future.

He also slammed the continued foreign interference in Libya’s internal affairs and the involvement of external parties in violating the arms embargo. He reiterated his call to external parties to “respect Libya’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, and the independence of its decision.”

He said that “a permanent and final solution to the Libyan crisis will not come without a path that is dedicated to the Libyans. This path should preserve their right to exploit the wealth of their country in a way that guarantees the achievement of development.”

The Algerian President stressed that “Algeria will spare no effort to enable the Libyans to embody the priorities of this important stage, in order to preserve the security of neighboring countries affected by the situation in Libya, more than others.”

Libya has been in chaos since a NATO-backed uprising toppled longtime leader Moammar Gaddafi in 2011. The county has for years been split between rival administrations, each backed by rogue militias and foreign governments.

The current stalemate grew out of the failure to hold elections in December, and the refusal of Prime Minister Abdelhamid Dbaiba, who is leading the transitional government, to step down. In response, the country’s eastern-based Parliament appointed a rival Prime Minister, Fathi Bashagha, who has for months sought to install his government in Tripoli.