Williams: Conflict over power in Libya will continue amid lack of vision for elections

Williams: Conflict over power in Libya will continue amid lack of vision for elections

July 12, 2022 - 16:21
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Written By: SafaAlharathy

The UN Special Advisor on Libya, Stephani Williams, says the dispute over the executive authority will continue as long as there is no vision for elections and the power and resources remain confined to Tripoli.

Speaking to Al Sharq News Channel, Williams said that "the lust" for the executive power would only be over after reaching an agreement on the constitutional basis for the elections.

She urged political actors to listen to the people indicating that "a new generation has emerged after the uprising against Gaddafi that wants elections and wants to choose who will represent them."

She talked about progress in the Cairo and Geneva meetings, confirming that efforts are focused on achieving national reconciliation. Williams disclosed that the UN mission is playing an intermediary role between the Government of National Unity headed by Abdul Hamid Dbeibah and the parallel government headed by Fathi Bashagha.

Addressing the oil and electricity crisis, Williams said the closure of oil facilities affected the electricity services. "50% of the sector has been in a state of paralysis since last April, and the state does not have access to millions of oil revenues."

She underscored that any return to violence is unacceptable, noting that the Joint Military Committee (5+5) has reiterated that the cessation of hostilities must continue to hold.