Bathily: The mission is ready to conduct a process that will result in the formation of a unified government that will lead Libya towards elections

Alwasat - Cairo Mon 16 Oct 2023, 09:15 PM
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The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and the Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Abdoulaye Bathily, affirmed the mission's readiness to conduct practical negotiations that result in the formation of a unified government leading the country towards elections, considering that the electoral laws recently approved by the House of Representatives do not guarantee the success of the elections.

Bathily told the Security Council on Monday that electoral laws alone "do not work elections" because they "need the support of a broad range of parties, including the most important security and military institutions and actors, political parties, candidates, civil society leaders and organizations, women's and youth groups and others."

He called on all Libyan parties, including the most important leaders, to meet with each other and agree on a binding political settlement towards a sound electoral process whose backbone is a unified government leading the country towards elections.

As for political matters, Bahily stressed that the new electoral law has not been able to solve them, including the mandatory second round of electoral laws, the linkage between presidential and parliamentary elections, and the formation of a new government, which is strongly controversial and can only be reached as a result of negotiations between the main actors.

He pointed to the rejection of the law by the High Council of State after amendments were made to it by the 6+6 committee after its members agreed on the results of the Bouznika meeting, considering that this position would cause a setback and political regression.

Bathily then stressed the need to find a unified government to oversee the elections, noting that this is an important requirement for candidates in the elections.

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