Saturday, October 16, 2021

UN Envoy to Libya warns that election delay would result in “violence and chaos”

UN Envoy to Libya warns that election delay would result in “violence and chaos”

Ján Kubiš, the U.N. Special Envoy to Libya, told the Security Council that Libya would “slip back into violence and chaos” if the presidential and parliamentary elections in December were to be disrupted.

He spoke about the failure of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) to reach agreement on the legal framework of the elections. Kubiš told foreign ministers gathered in New York that the forum is divided between “different blocs and different interests, each with its own affiliations”.

“These blocs maintained their steadfast positions, as stated in their proposals, and the forum was unable to reach a final consensus on the constitutional basis,” Kubiš added.

The U.N. Envoy that the absence of constitutional basis for the elections makes the situation in Libya “more difficult, clashing and tense”.

“Institutional, political and individual interests have become an obstacle regarding the legal framework for the elections scheduled for December 24,” he said.