Egypt supports Libyan Presidential Council efforts to hold elections: Sisi to Al-Menfi

Ahram Online , Friday 16 Dec 2022

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi asserted on Thursday Egypt’s firm support for the efforts of the Libyan Presidential Council (LPC) to hold presidential and parliamentary elections in parallel.



In a meeting on the sidelines of the US-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, President El-Sisi discussed the latest developments in Libya with President of the LPC Mohamed Al-Menfi.

According to the Egyptian presidency, El-Sisi stated that holding the presidential and parliamentary elections in Libya will reflect positively on political efforts to end the current crisis by empowering the will and choice of the Libyan people.

From his side, Al-Menfi expressed his country’s appreciation on both the official and popular level for Egypt's vital role in restoring peace and stability in Libya, especially in the light of the historical relations between the two countries and the leading Egyptian role in supporting Libyan national institutions.

Egypt has been pushing for a political settlement to the Libyan crisis and has hosted several rounds of talks of the Libyan Constitutional Track Committee – which comprises representatives of Libya's two rival parliamentary chambers – to reach a consensus on the Libyan draft constitution.

It has also hosted several rounds of talks between the 5+5 Libyan Joint Military Commission to unify Libya’s armed forces.

Libya has been in a political stalemate since the east-based parliament appointed Fathi Bashagha as prime minister-designate in February 2022 to replace Tripoli-based prime minister Abdul-Hamid Al-Dbeibah after he failed to hold the country’s anticipated presidential elections in December 2021.

However, Dbeibah refused to hand over power, saying his government would continue to work and only hand over office to an elected government.

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