Mohamed al-Menfi, Head of the Presidential Council of Libya, talks to the press after a gathering with the French President on the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, March 23, 2021. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier
September 23, 2021
By Michelle Nichols
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The top of Libya’s presidency council mentioned on Thursday he’ll maintain a global convention in October to garner assist for the nation’s stability, warning that it faces “severe challenges” that might undermine deliberate December elections.
Addressing the annual U.N. gathering of world leaders in New York, Mohammed al-Menfi mentioned the convention would goal to make sure “unified, constant” worldwide assist and restore a way of Libyan management and possession over the nation’s future.
“We’re confronted with severe challenges and quick-paced developments, which compel us – out of duty – to consider extra life like and sensible choices to keep away from an deadlock within the political course of, which may in flip, undermine the looming elections and convey us again to sq. one,” he mentioned.
Nationwide elections, deliberate for Dec. 24, have been pushed as a technique to finish Libya’s decade-long disaster, however have been enmeshed in bitter arguments over legitimacy which will unravel a months-long peace course of.
“Libya is at a important juncture,” Menfi mentioned.
French Overseas Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian instructed reporters in New York on Monday that France, Germany and Italy would co-host a global convention on Libya on Nov. 12 to make sure the electoral calendar would stay in place.
In 2014, japanese and western factions cut up Libya in two in a civil struggle, with an internationally recognised authorities in Tripoli and a rival administration backed by the Home of Representatives within the east.
The Dec. 24 election was mandated by the Libyan Political Dialogue Discussion board, a U.N.-selected meeting that set a roadmap for peace in Libya, a serious oil producer, via putting in a unity authorities and holding a nationwide vote.
Till elections are held, the meeting chosen a three-man presidency council headed by Menfi and put in Abdulhamid Dbeibeh as prime minister of the interim authorities.
(Reporting by Michelle Nichols; modifying by Richard Pullin)