Libyan PM Promises Commitment to Timely Elections


On Monday, the Prime Minister of Libya’s Government of National Unity (GNU), Abdel-Hamid Dbaiba expressed the government’s “eagerness to conduct the upcoming elections at the earliest possible time.”

During a meeting with the Chairman of the High National Elections Commission (HNEC), Emad Al-Sayeh, the PM affirmed the government’s “readiness to provide the necessary assistance for the successful completion of the elections.”

Dbaiba and Al-Sayeh discussed joint coordination efforts for the implementation of fair, and impartial Presidential and legislative elections.

The meeting was also attended by the State Minister for Communications and Political Affairs, and the Head of the ministerial committee responsible for supporting and executing the electoral process, Walid Al-Lafi.

Last month, HNEC signalled its readiness to put electoral laws into action, adhering to international benchmarks and practices to steer the upcoming electoral processes.

In a statement, HNEC affirmed that it stands as an “embodiment of the Libyan people’s aspirations toward a future imbued with stability and affluence.”

HNEC also highlighted that its operations and alignments, “do not bow to any political entities, ensuring it remains a beacon of unbiased authority amidst Libya’s political spectrum.”

Libya has been in chaos since a NATO-backed uprising toppled longtime leader Muammar 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 2021, and the refusal of Dbaiba, who is leading the transitional government, to step down.

Last week, the Speaker of the Libyan Parliament, Ageela Saleh asserted the necessity of forming a unified government that encompasses the entirety of Libya.

The primary mission of this government should be to facilitate the electoral process with the support of HNEC.

Fathi Al-Marimi, Saleh’s media advisor, confirmed his determination to form a unified government. He stressed the urgency of conducting the Presidential and Parliamentary elections in the near future. This was in response to the rumours circulating about the Speaker boycotting the council sessions.