“No individual or institution should have veto power over critical electoral legislation,” stated the U.S. Special Envoy to Libya Richard Norland today. “Libya’s institutions and their leaders must trust the voters to decide who should lead the country,” he added.
Norland’s made his remarks following the end of talks between the House of Representatives and the High Council of State in Morocco over ssues surrounding the elections scheduled for December 24.
“During my time in Rabat, I had a chance to meet separately with the participants,” Norland was quoted as saying in a statement released by the U.S. Embassy in Libya.
“While it is clear that efforts are still needed to bring the parties closer, we hope due consideration will be given by each side to the legitimate concerns expressed by the other.”
“Nevertheless, if parliamentary and presidential elections are to proceed on December 24 in order to put in place a lasting legitimate government for Libya, the process must move forward now so candidate registration and other aspects of implementation can begin.”