Khalifa Al-Madghio, a member of Libya’s High Council of State (HCS), has raised concerns over the United Nations Support Mission in Libya’s (UNSMIL) legitimacy in altering the country’s electoral laws. These were established by the 6+6 Joint Committee.
In an exclusive interview with “Al-Masar TV,” Al-Madghio emphasised that “the primary role of the UNSMIL should be to support Libyans in resolving the ongoing crisis, not to interfere with electoral laws. The responsible bodies have already reached an agreement on these laws.”
“The current laws are not perfect, but they are the best we could achieve under the circumstances,” Al-Madghio stated. He expressed concern over the “Mission’s expansion of its scope and involvement in matters whose outcomes are uncertain,” hinting at a potentially dubious role.
Al-Madghio further noted, “The 6+6 committee has completed its task, and its work is protected by the constitutional amendment. Any interference with this process should be openly criticised by the committee, and the Libyan people should be warned against external interventions.”
This development highlights the complexities in Libya’s path to political stability, with international roles and local politics intersecting amidst efforts to establish a democratic framework.
On Saturday, the UN Envoy to Libya, Abdoulaye Bathily, and the Canadian Ambassador to Libya, Isabelle Savard, reiterated their call for key Libyan parties to engage in sincere and constructive dialogue.
This initiative aims to resolve issues impeding the progress of elections in the country.
In a statement, Bathily outlined the essence of his recent discussions with Ambassador Savard. These talks centered on the latest political developments within Libya, emphasizing the need for strategic dialogue to navigate the complexities of the nation’s political environment.
Additionally, he shared insights from his recent engagement with Jeremy Berndt, the Acting US Ambassador to Libya. This focused on a meticulous assessment of Libya’s current political dynamics, and the concerted efforts by the United Nations Mission (UNSMIL) to convene a significant meeting. This aimed at involving the five major Libyan factions, also intends to incorporate other relevant parties in meaningful discussions, which are crucial for progressing towards elections.