Libyan Rivals Agree to Hold Presidential and Parliament Elections in December 2021


The Acting United Nations Special Envoy for Libya, Stephanie Williams, announced that the participants in the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum decided to hold the national elections on a constitutional basis on December 24, 2021.

On Wednesday, Williams said the political talks on Libya’s future have reached an agreement on holding elections within 18 months. She hailed the “breakthrough” in a peace-making process that still faces great obstacles.

She added that the new government would have to quickly address deteriorating public services and corruption, two issues that prompted protests on both sides of the frontlines this summer.

75 Libyan participants chosen by the United Nations have been meeting in Tunisia since Monday.

Williams said the meeting has reached preliminary agreement on a roadmap to “free, fair, inclusive and credible parliamentary and presidential elections” that also includes steps to unite institutions.