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Western powers demand the speedy setting of a new date for the Libyan presidential elections

Agence France-Presse Fadel Sina

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The United States, Britain, France, Germany and Italy called, in a joint statement issued today, Friday, to expedite the setting of a new date for the Libyan presidential elections, after they were postponed.

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The five countries said in the statement: “We call on the relevant Libyan authorities to respect the aspirations of the Libyan people towards speedy elections by quickly setting a deadline for the elections and publishing the final list of presidential candidates without delay.”

On Wednesday, the High National Elections Commission in Libya submitted a proposal to the House of Representatives to postpone the presidential elections to January 24 instead of the previous scheduled date of December 24.

And she said in a statement that she “suggests, after coordination with the House of Representatives, that the polling day (for the first round) be postponed to January 24, 2022… provided that the House of Representatives take action to take measures to remove the force majeure situation facing the completion of the electoral process.”

Regarding the parliamentary elections, the commission pointed out: “The process of scrutinizing the applications of the 5,385 candidates is nearing completion and is in the process of final review. Parliament, and then start the appeals stage.”

This came hours after the Follow-up Committee of the Presidential and Parliamentary Elections in the Libyan House of Representatives confirmed the “impossibility” of holding the elections on time.

The head of the committee, Al-Hadi Al-Saghir, said in an official letter: “Based on the meetings and meetings with the Electoral Commission, the Supreme Judicial Council and all concerned parties, and after reviewing the technical, judicial and security reports, we inform you of the impossibility of holding the elections on the scheduled date on December 24.”

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Source: “France Press” + agencies