The United Nations said the heads of Libya’s legislative councils will meet in Geneva next week for what may be last-minute talks to discuss the constitutional framework for the elections, but analysts see little prospect of a breakthrough.
For his part, the Libyan Prime Minister, Fathi Bashagha, welcomed the quinquennial statement, especially the call for a unified Libyan government capable of governing and holding elections throughout the country.
“As the head of that government – elected and supported by the House of Representatives and the state – I look forward to working side by side with those countries and all our Arab and African friends to rebuild Libya and lead it to national elections as soon as possible,” Bashagha said in a tweet.
The outgoing Prime Minister, Abdul Hamid al-Dabaiba, also welcomed the statement, saying that it is in line with our position rejecting violence, seizing power by force, or creating any parallel bodies.
Dabaiba expressed his satisfaction with the statement’s compatibility with the UN position, which resolved the issue of the Libyan parties’ continuation of work in accordance with the decisions of the political agreement, which stipulated the importance of carrying out elections according to a constitutional rule.
Dabaiba reiterated the commitment to continue the policy of disclosure and transparency about government spending, and that there should be a clear national mechanism for this.
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