Libya: a parliamentary committee refuses to set a date for the elections

A committee of the Libyan Parliament refused Monday, December 27 to set a new date for the presidential election initially scheduled for December 24 before being postponed, leaving the fate of this crucial election unclear.

During a long-awaited session of Parliament, meeting Monday in Tobruk (east), this commission responsible for monitoring the elections presented a report concluding that it would be risky to set a new date for this state, thus opposing an end of not to receive the date of January 24 proposed by the Libyan High Electoral Commission (HNEC). The commission, on the other hand, recommended the establishment of a « new realistic and applicable roadmap, defining its stages, instead of setting new dates and making the same mistakes».

On Monday evening, spokesman Abdallah Bliheq said the 120 deputies would resume their work on Tuesday and that the director of the HNEC, Imad al-Sayeh, would be summoned to the next meeting, the date of which has not been specified. . In its report read to the deputies by its president Al-Hadi al-Sghayer, the commission also proposed the establishment of a commission in charge of the development of a Constitution, abolished by the former Muammar Gadhafi regime in 1969. , and called to « reshuffle the executive».

Multiple remedies

Less than 48 hours before D-Day, the presidential election was postponed for differences on the legal basis of the ballot. The same parliamentary committee concluded that “impossibilityAn election on the scheduled date, while a postponement had been expected for several days, against the backdrop of insurmountable disagreements between rival camps about an election that was to be contested by several divisive candidates.

The HNEC had, in the process, proposed to postpone the presidential election for one month, to January 24, 2022. In its report presented on Monday, the parliamentary committee did not endorse this date, chosen according to it on the basis of considerations « politicians« , And considering that a »election on January 24 would meet the same fate as that of December 24« . The HNEC never managed to publish the final list of candidates, its work having been disrupted by the multiple appeals to cancel contested candidacies, foremost among which that of Seif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of the late dictator.

Shortly before the start of Sunday’s sitting, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Advisor on Libya, Stephanie Williams, called on MPs to « fulfill their national responsibility by responding urgently to requests from the National High Electoral Commission regarding electoral legislation and legal remedies to advance the electoral process».

In a joint statement released on Friday, the United States, France, the United Kingdom, Germany and Italy called for a rapid decision on a new electoral calendar after the postponement of the presidential election in Libya. Seeming to anticipate a resurgence of power struggles, the five signatory countries of the communiqué also lent their support to the continuation of the mandate of the current executive in Tripoli until the actual holding of the elections. The British embassy in Tripoli reiterated this position in a statement released on Friday evening, prompting indignant reactions on social networks against this « attack on sovereignty » from the country. On Monday, the Parliament spokesperson assured that a vote would be organized at the next session to declare the ambassador of the United Kingdom in Tripoli « persona non grata».

Besides Seif al-Islam Kadhafi, the strong man of the East Khalifa Haftar who set the country on fire and blood by sending his troops to conquer the capital, in vain, where again the current interim Prime Minister Abdelhamid Dbeibah who had pledged not to compete, was among the most prominent candidates, and the most divisive, in an election yet supposed to reunite the country and inaugurate a new Libya.


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