“August 23 Movement” Rejects Moroccan Meetings, Calls for Holding Elections Shortly

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The spokesperson of the “August 23 Youth’s Willpower” movement, Ahmed Abou Arqoub confirmed that the Libyan people are looking forward to holding presidential and legislative elections shortly, indicating their rejection of any new transitional stage in the country.

In exclusive statements to Youm 7, Al-Arqoub indicated that the movement calls for disrupting political life in Libya by excluding all current parties and prominent figures and calling on the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) to listen to the demands of the Libyan street.

A spokesman for the movement believed that the Moroccan meeting between the two houses of Parliament would not address the crisis, stressing that the Libyan street rejects the results of the meeting.

He pointed out that the Libyan people hope to obtain the support of neighbouring countries, provided that such countries do not support any of the parties to the conflict. He also indicated that the interest of these countries is to take into account the interests of the Libyan people and not the interests of one of the conflicting parties.

Arqoub expressed the Libyan street’s rejection of the foreign presence in the country in light of the deteriorating living conditions and the absolute lack of livelihoods in Libya. He also stressed the Libyan people’s rejection of any dialogue in which the warring parties would be participating in.

The meetings of the Libyan Parliament and the High Council of State starts in Morocco on Sunday to discuss the restructuring of sovereign institutions and changing the personalities that head them, in addition to discussing the development of a specific mechanism to unify the state’s financial and economic institutions.

Libyan sources told Youm 7 that the Morocco meeting marks the beginning of breaking the political deadlock in the country, stressing that the files under discussion are sovereign institutions, selecting new heads to manage them, and establishing a specific mechanical committee to monitor them.

The Libyan Parliament’s delegation includes five deputies such as Essam Al-Juhani, Misbah Douma, Idris Omran, Youssef Al-Agouri, and Adel Mawloud, while the delegation of the High Council of State includes Fawzi Al-Oqab, Ali Al-Shuwaih, Abdel Salam Al-Safrani, and Muhammad Naji.