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    UN Security Council calls on Libya to focus on elections


    Tunisia: A senior UN official said Monday that the main focus in Libya after last week’s planned elections should be focused on voting rather than the fate of the interim government.

    Stephanie Williams, special adviser to the UN secretary-general on Libya, told Reuters in an interview that most Libyans wanted an end to “this transitional period.”

    The election was scheduled for December 24 but was delayed due to disputes over the basic rules, including the eligibility of candidates and the role of the judiciary in appeals.

    The former parliament, elected in 2014, is debating how long the election will be delayed and whether the National Unity Interim Government (GNU) and presidential candidate Prime Minister Abdulhamid al-Dabibah will remain in office.

    Asked if he believed the GNU mandate was still valid, Williams said it depended on parliament, but “the real focus should be on election production.”

    He called on the Libyan political class to “bring another government that will last for a few more years, not the full representation of the Libyan people.”

    He added that any change of government would have to be made following the rules laid down by the internationally recognized previous political agreement.

    However he acknowledged that their numbers were not enough to defeat President Conte’s government.

    “Everyone should step back for a certain period of time and this means that all candidates who want to keep one foot inside and one foot outside can have both legs outside,” he said.

    A roadmap agreed by the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) last year called for simultaneous parliamentary and presidential elections, a group led by Williams last year when he was acting UN envoy.

    The LPDF gave the roadmap to the forum, consisting of 75 UN-elected representatives from across the Libyan faction, with the right to take some action in case of obstruction by the country’s existing political entity.

    Williams said he had not yet decided what role the LPDF could still play in the process, but he was meeting with a small group of its members and could continue to do so.

    “I had a meeting with a small subset last week. It was a consultative session and I can continue it, “he said.” I’m still weighing it all, “he added.

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