EU: It is time to create the Roadmap for General Election

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borell (L) with Libyan Foreign Minister Najla el-Mangoush (R) during a news conference in Tripoli. [Photo: ANSA]
The European Union is ready to do “more” to support the organisation of elections scheduled in Libya in late December, in particular by supporting the reform of the security sector, assured Wednesday in Tripoli the head of European diplomacy Josep Borrell.”The EU has already provided technical support to the High National Electoral Commission (in Libya) and we are ready to give more,” Borrell said at a press conference with his Libyan counterpart, Najla al-Mangoush.

“There is no time to lose in approving the necessary legislation,” Borrell continued, urging Parliament “to do its job” and take “concrete steps,” he added.

“Time is running out,” he said, recalling that “there are only 105 days left until December 24.

Borrell welcomed “the many advances made over the past year: ceasefire, unified political institutions and roadmap for elections”.

But “it is time to implement and consolidate this progress,” he insisted.

For her part, the head of Libyan diplomacy wished “more cooperation with the EU”, indicating that she had discussed with her European counterpart the electoral process as well as “the management of the porous borders in the south” Libya, among other issues.

At the end of August, the minister had not ruled out the possibility of postponing the elections if the parliament delayed ratifying the electoral law.

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