Libya sides agree to hold elections within 18 months

Representatives of GNA, Khalifa Haftar reach preliminary deal to end transition period, says UN envoy

GNA, Haftar representatives agree to hold elections in Libya within 18 months. [Photo: UN]
Libya’s warring sides agreed Wednesday to hold elections within 18 months, according to the head of the UN Support Mission in the country.

The decision came during the UN-sponsored Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) which began Monday in Tunisia between representatives of the internationally recognised Libyan government and Khalifa Haftar.

The participants reached a preliminary agreement to end the transition period and hold transparent elections, Stephanie Turco Williams told reporters.

Williams said the agreement is a version of the Suheyrat Agreement, which envisions a political process in Libya.

The new roadmap specifically addresses the problems of displaced people in the country, she said, adding it outlines the steps needed to be taken for a unified governance framework and to initiate a reconciliation.

The scope and authority of the government and Presidential Council, which will manage the transition process, were also discussed during the meeting, Williams said.

The LPDF is a fully inclusive intra-Libyan political dialogue established by the Berlin Conference Outcomes, which were endorsed by UN Security Council Resolutions 2510 (2020) and 2542 (2020).

Participants invited to the forum are drawn from different constituencies based on the principles of inclusivity and fair geographic, ethnic, political, tribal and social representation.

The meeting came at a time when an overwhelming sense of hope has emerged in Libya after the signing of a permanent countrywide cease-fire agreement between the Libyan parties on Oct. 23 in Geneva.

Williams announced on Oct. 23 the signing of a “permanent” and immediate cease-fire agreement between military delegations from Libya’s warring parties, calling it “an important turning point towards peace and stability in Libya.”

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