UNSMIL Discusses Selection Mechanism for New Presidential Council


The Acting Head of the United Nations Support Mission to Libya (UNSMIL), Stephanie Williams, held a virtual meeting with participants of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF). They discussed ways of implementing all the key objectives of the political roadmap, primarily the mechanism for selecting the country’s next executive authority.

The meeting tackled the necessary preparations for holding the elections as scheduled and the formation of a legal committee from the LPDF members to work on paving the way for the electoral process.

Williams stated that, “the clock is ticking, and we have a collective responsibility before the Libyan people to advance this process of holding elections on 24 December 2021.” She also voiced her intention to form an advisory committee in order to overcome the obstacles for the aforementioned selection mechanism.

On Sunday, the mission head sent a letter to the 75 members of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) regarding the mechanism for selecting the executive authority. This authority would engage in managing the preparatory period for the elections.

“Accordingly, UNSMIL extracted from the overall proposals and discussions two options that we put in your hands to start the voting process on the required percentage to approve one of them,” Williams said. According to her, the vote will be on one of the following two options:

1- two-thirds of the members in addition to 50% + 1 from each region.

2- 60% of the members in addition to 50% +1 from each region.