Williams says she'll push for holding Libya elections by June

Williams says she'll push for holding Libya elections by June

January 18, 2022 - 20:00
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

The UN Secretary General’s Advisor on Libya, Stephanie Williams, has told the Associated Press that she is pushing for Libya to hold elections by June after the country messed out on December 24 vote.

Williams said it is still “very reasonable and possible” for the country’s 2.8 million voters to cast their ballots by June, in line with the UN-brokered 2020 roadmap,

Williams said elections are needed in the country to give credence to its institutions, adding that all the institutions are suffering a crisis of legitimacy.

"I don’t see any other exit for Libya other than a peaceful political process. I urge lawmakers, who convened Monday in the eastern city of Tobruk, to agree on a clear, time-bound process with a clear horizon and to not create an open-ended process. They have to shoulder a great responsibility right now to respect the will of the Libyans who registered to vote. Libyans want an end to this long period of transition that the country has experienced since the events of 2011." Williams reiterated.

Williams said lawmakers and leaders in Tripoli should work out the disputes over election rules, saying she did not see the departure of foreign mercenaries as a “prerequisite for the elections, and that maintaining the ceasefire is the priority.

“There have been mercenaries in Libya since 1970s. I don’t believe that that is a card that is necessary to play at this time.” Williams added.