Libya's parliament approves election laws

Ahram Online , Tuesday 3 Oct 2023

Libya's eastern-based Parliament on Monday unanimously approved presidential and legislative election laws.

Libya s Parliament
Libya s eastern-based Parliament. AFP


"The House of Representatives has unanimously approved laws for the presidential and national assembly elections, which were drafted by the 6+6 committee," Abdullah Blehig, spokesman of the parliament, told Xinhua.

On 8 August, the Libyan parliament referred the draft laws to the 6+6 Committee, which consists of MPs and members of the High Council of State (HCS) for reconsideration of certain provisions based on parliamentary representatives’ observations.

The 6+6 Committee had met previously in Morocco, from 22 May to 6 June, to iron out some long-standing differences over the laws.

The UN Support Mission in Libya had assigned a technical team of electoral, gender, and constitutional experts to advise committee members who announced their agreement on draft laws in the closing session on 6 June.

During Monday's session in Benghazi, House Speaker Ageela Saleh announced that the laws are inclusive and do not exclude any eligible candidates, whether civilian or military.

Last month, US Special Envoy to Libya Ambassador Richard Norland affirmed Washington’s ongoing support for the High National Elections Commission (HNEC), in preparing for the upcoming elections.

“We have full confidence in its ability to conduct both national and municipal elections,” Norland said according to the US embassy.

The US and France publicly voiced their support for Special Representative of the Secretary-General Abdoulaye Bathily’s ongoing mediation, urging the establishment of a technocratic, and unified government to facilitate forthcoming elections.

The elections, which had been due in December 2021, have been postponed several times due to disagreements between rival factions, Abdulhamid Dbeibah's UN-backed government in the west and another in the east backed by military General Khalifa Haftar.

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