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Norland: No confidence vote has not changed unity government's mission in preparing way for the elections




Alwasat - Cairo Mon 27 Sep 2021, 03:10 PM
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United States Special Envoy to Libya Richard Norland commented on the House of Representatives’ decision to withdraw confidence from the interim Government of National Unity, saying that “the government’s primary task is to prepare the way for the December 24 elections, and the House vote did not change that.” Norland who met with Prime Minister Abdulhamid Dabaiba in September said "I believe that he is committed to carrying out the duties of his government."

Norland believes that the actors and officials in the Libyan political arena "realize that the elections must take place on time", and that "there is no room for going back," expecting the international community, particularly the United States, to make "the utmost possible effort to support the holding of fair elections,” according to an interview with Al-Sharq Al-Awsat newspaper, published on Monday.

He stressed that his country had put forward "some suggestions and compromises" in the context of supporting the political process in Libya, in response to a question about the American proposal regarding holding the presidential elections in two stages, adding that "the Libyans alone are the ones who have the right to decide their political future and how to reach it, whether it is one or two rounds.”

Regarding foreign military forces in Libya, he said that there are several reasons for their presence, both Turkish and Russian, “and the situation has increased with the influx of thousands of foreign fighters and mercenaries from both sides.” Stressing that the goal of the United States, as reiterated by Foreign Minister Antony Blinken, in his statements in New York this week “is to secure the complete departure" of all these military elements as soon as possible so that a "sovereign Libya can make its own decisions" regarding the conclusion of any security or military alliance.

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