The US special envoy to Libya, Richard Norland, has asked a prominent Libyan figure not to run in the upcoming presidential elections in Libya, which are scheduled to be held on December 24, an informed source told The Libya Update.
“Norland contacted an active leading figure in Libya with the aim of persuading them not to run for the presidency of Libya,” the source, who asked not to be named, said.
“How can the United States, one of the most important democracies in the world, press for Libyans not to exercise their right to run?” The source asked.
“There is a contradiction in America’s policy in Libya. On the one hand, it supports the December presidential and parliamentary elections, and on the other, it pressures to deprive a number of Libyans of their right to take part in them,” the source added.