The US embassy congratulated in a statement the UN-facilitated Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) and all Libyans on the transparent nomination process for candidates to serve in the new and unified interim government, which will guide Libya toward elections on December 24, 2021.
"We strongly support LPDF delegates as they gather on February 1-5 in Geneva to vote among these candidates." The statement reads.
The US ambassador to Libya, Richard Norland, said military posturing, collusion with foreign forces and mercenaries to undermine the political process, threats to shut down Libya’s energy sector, and attempts to divert Libya’s wealth for partisan agendas are incompatible with the demands of the Libyan people for change.
UNSMIL unveiled Saturday a list of 24 candidates for Presidential Council positions and 21 others for the Prime Minister's position
Presidential Council candidates included the commander of the joint operations room in the Libyan army during the aggression on Tripoli, Osama Juwaili, the head of the High Council of State, Khaled al-Mishri, member of the former General National Congress, Sharif Al-Wafi, the current Defense Minister of the Government of National Accord (GNA), Salah Al-Namroush, the Speaker of the Tobruk-based Parliament, Aqila Saleh, the Libyan ambassador to Jordan, Muhammad Al-Barghathi, and the resigned Presidential Council member, Musa al-Koni.
Candidates for the post of Prime Minister included Ahmed Mitig, the current deputy of the PresidentialCouncil, businessman Abdelhamid Dabaiba, former Minister of Education of the GNA Othman Abdeljalil, the GNA Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha, and the GNA Undersecretary of the Ministry of Transport, Hisham Abu Shakiwat.