Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh, Prime Minister of the Government of National Unity, renewed his support for the initiative of the UN envoy to Libya, Abdoulaye Bathily, regarding holding elections in Libya at the end of this year. He blamed the House of Representatives and the State Council, describing the two legislative bodies’ negotiations to hold elections in Libya as “not serious.”
“The international community’s expression today of its disappointment regarding the legislative bodies in the elections, through the UN envoy’s description of their procrastination that “they agreed not to agree”, is consistent with the government’s position from the beginning. “The problem with the elections is the legislative authorities’ failure to create laws that are enforceable, fair, and impartial at the same time,” Dbeibeh said in a statement today.
“Today, we renew our support for Mr. Bathily’s efforts, and we commend the United Nations’ response to our request regarding raising the level of coordination and support provided in the process of preparing for the elections,” Dbeibeh added. “We appeal to the Libyans to show a strong will to end the transitional stages through fair and impartial elections,” the Prime Minister concluded his statement.
The UN envoy to Libya, Abdoulaye Bathily, said on Saturday that “the expired political bodies and successive governments are the cause of instability in Libya and endanger the situation, which will lead to undermining the country’s territorial integrity and the unity of its people.”
“A clear map for the elections can be drawn up by mid-June,” Bathily added in a press conference from Tripoli. He stressed that his initiative to hold elections, which he put forward two weeks ago before the Security Council, “aims to bring together the Libyan parties to enable them to work to resolve the current crisis and lead the country towards elections.”