Italy's Foreign Minister: It is the Libyan people who decide when the elections will take place (not France)

Alwasat - Cairo Thu 13 Sep 2018, 09:09 PM
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Italian Foreign Minister Enzo Moavero Milanesi has reiterated that the Libyan people are the ones who "set the date and how to hold general elections there."

Italian minister said on Wednesday he strongly disagreed with French President Emmanuel Macron’s push for a December election.

Milanesi said: “We disagree with the French government, which is still pushing for Libya to hold elections on December 10.”

The set date must be “reconsidered” until conditions are in place for free, fair and peaceful elections, he continued, adding that he did not wish to “quarrel with France” and that he and his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian shared “some common ground” on the Libyan crisis.

Libya's Presidential Council PM, Fayez Serraj, said in an interview with the Italian newspaper Corriere della Serra: “You cannot vote with instability in the streets … it is necessary that everyone accepts the result of the ballot.”

France maintains that elections will help stabilize and unify the country.

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