UN adviser highlights internal cooperation for lasting stability in Libya

Xinhua , Monday 7 Mar 2022

Special Adviser of the UN Secretary-General on Libya Stephanie Williams on Monday highlighted the need for internal cooperation for "lasting stability" in the North African country.

Stephanie Williams
Special Adviser of the UN Secretary-General on Libya Stephanie Williams. AP

"I reiterated my call for calm, and highlighted the importance of cooperation between Libyan institutions for the sake of lasting stability," Williams said on Twitter.

She made the remarks during her meeting with Aguila Saleh, speaker of the House of Representatives (parliament), in the eastern Libyan city of al-Qubba.

"We discussed in detail my initiative to form a joint committee consisting of select members of the two Chambers to create the constitutional basis required to ensure that elections take place as soon as possible," the UN official said.

"Holding elections in a timely manner with a sound constitutional basis constitutes the best way forward, and reflects the genuine aspirations of the Libyan people," she added.

The House of Representatives recently appointed a new government to replace the Government of National Unity led by Prime Minister Abdul-Hamid Dbeibah.

However, Dbeibah has said his government would remain in office until an elected government is established. On Feb. 21, he announced a plan to hold general elections in June.

General elections in Libya had been scheduled for Dec. 24 last year but were postponed indefinitely because of technical and legal issues, according to the country's elections commission.

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