Bashagha welcomes Bathily's statement on formation of a new government as part of a UN plan leading to Libya elections

Alwasat - Cairo Tue 22 Aug 2023, 09:21 PM
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The suspended prime minister of Libya's parliament-appointed government, Fathi Bashagha, welcomed a statement by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya, Abdoulaye Bathily, during his Security Council briefing on Tuesday, saying a unified government was needed to lead Libya to elections .

Bashagha stressed in a post published on his Facebook page on Tuesday evening the need to have "dialogue leading to a comprehensive political agreement with the support of the UN mission," stressing the need for "all parties to participate in it and with Libyan ownership to ensure that the elections are held as soon as possible and their results are accepted."

"Libya needs, more than ever, to turn the current page of institutional division," Bathily stressed in his regular briefing to the Security Council, noting that Libyans aspire "to unified political, military, security, economic and social institutions to preserve the country's territorial integrity and national identity."

In this regard, Bathily considered that "the formation of a unified government, agreed upon by the main actors, is essential to lead the country to elections."

The U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield also stressed Washington's openness to "supporting the formation of a small caretaker government" that would lead Libya to elections, calling on the international community to support the efforts by Bathily.

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