The Libyan Attorney General continues to review the files of candidates for the upcoming presidential elections, after they were referred by the High National Elections Commission, while the United Nations confirmed that it continues to support the Libyan authorities in preparing for the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections.
Al-Jazeera correspondent in Tripoli, Ahmed Khalifa, said that the Attorney General is expected to decide on the candidates’ files next Sunday, noting that two files were excluded.
Khalifa added, quoting sources close to the Prime Minister of the Government of National Unity, Abdel Hamid Dabaiba, as saying that Dabaiba will submit his candidacy papers officially next Sunday, and that he has submitted a financial statement to the National Anti-Corruption Commission.
According to Al-Jazeera correspondent, the number of candidates has reached 20 candidates so far, including officials from the former regime and loyalists to retired Major General Khalifa Haftar, as well as from those affiliated with the revolution movement that opposes the former regime and Haftar alike.
Since the fall of the regime of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi – who held the throne alone for more than 4 decades – the country has been witnessing a power struggle, especially between East and West, with the dominance of militias, and the increase of foreign interference.
A permanent ceasefire was reached in October 2020. A political dialogue between the Libyan parties – under the auspices of the United Nations in Geneva last February – led to the formation of a unified executive political authority whose task is to prepare for the presidential and parliamentary elections.
opposing and rejecting
There are still voices opposing holding the elections on their announced dates, especially in light of the rejection of the electoral laws, which they believe were not legally and consensually adopted.
The Supreme Council of State – which serves as the second chamber of Parliament – is the largest opponent of the elections. The parliament accused Parliament Speaker Aqila Saleh of issuing electoral laws without consulting with him, which was stipulated in the political agreement that requires the participation of both houses in drafting these laws.
For its part, the United Nations confirmed that it continues to support the Libyan authorities in preparing for the presidential and parliamentary elections, the first of which is scheduled for next December, and the second in January.
UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said – in a press conference – that “our mission in Libya is engaging with all Libyan parties to ensure the organization of comprehensive, credible and timely elections, in line with the Libyan political road map and relevant Security Council resolutions.”
Dujarric added that the United Nations Progress -concretely- In Libya, technical support for the High National Elections Commission in several broad areas, including communication with decision-makers and opinion-makers, including providing technical advice and assistance as required, raising awareness and support for the participation of women and other marginalized groups in electoral procedures.
Talks and updates
In a related context, Bahraini Foreign Minister Abdul Latif Al-Zayani discussed with his Libyan counterpart Najla Al-Manqoush – today, Friday – the latest developments on the scene in Libya.
This came during their meeting in Manama, as part of an official visit by the Libyan Foreign Minister to Bahrain, to participate in the work of the 17th session of the Manama Dialogue Conference.
The talks touched on the latest developments on the Libyan arena, and the efforts being made to achieve security and stability in Libya, according to the same source.