The Libyan Parliament-designated Prime Minister, Fathi Bashagha saluted the “cohesion of our ancestors against the Italian invasion in the battle of Al-Qardaba.”
On the battle’s 108th anniversary, Bashagha tweeted “our ancestors united and fraternized against the enemy of the homeland, and their struggle, reconciliation, and agreement culminated in achieving independence. We still carry this honourable heritage and walk this path, which we consider to be the only path that leads us to statehood.”
Days ago, the Libyan Parliament Speaker, Ageela Saleh received Bashagha in Al-Qubba city, eastern Libya.
The two sides discussed the government’s support for the 6+6 Joint Committee. This was formed by the Libyan Parliament and the High Council of State (HCS) to establish electoral laws, under the 13th Constitutional Amendment.
Bashagha and Saleh also discussed the situation in Libya, in the presence of the Minister of State for Legislative Authority Affairs, Mohamed Abu Zagiya.
Bashagha submitted a draft law prepared on the administration of local government, and the establishment of governorates. The proposal aims to decentralise the state, and deliver services to all municipalities to achieve the principle of justice and fairness.
Notably, the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) vowed that it will provide technical and logistical support to the 6+6 Joint Committee to establish electoral laws.
The UN Envoy to Libya, Abdoulaye Bathily urged the leaders of the two chambers to expedite the work of the committee, and publish a timebound work programme.
“For elections to take place this year, the electoral laws must be completed in time for the High National Elections Commission (HNEC) to begin implementing the electoral process by early July,” Bathily said in his brief to the UN Security Council last week.
Bathily noted that the Chairman of HNEC, Emad Al-Sayeh informed him that, “while awaiting the electoral laws and the provision of necessary funds, the Commission has started initial preparations for the electoral process.”