UN led Libya talks set December 2021 as date for elections

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Stephanie Williams, Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Support Mission attends the opening ceremony of the Libya's peace talks in Tunis, Tunisia, Monday Nov. 9, 2020. Libya's rival factions began much-awaited political peace talks in Tunisia's capital on Monday brokered by the United Nations, with a goal of drawing a roadmap to presidential and parliamentary elections. (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi)
Stephanie Williams, Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Support Mission attends the opening ceremony of the Libya’s peace talks in Tunis, Tunisia, Monday Nov. 9, 2020. Libya’s rival factions began much-awaited political peace talks in Tunisia’s capital on Monday brokered by the United Nations, with a goal of drawing a roadmap to presidential and parliamentary elections. (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi)

Representatives across the Libyan social and political spectrum have agreed to hold national elections in December 2021.

According to the head of the UN Support in Libya, Stephanie Williams, the 75  representatives reached this agreement at the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum, an inclusive intra-Libyan political dialogue platform

The forum was launched under the auspices of the United Nations shortly after the Libyan parties signed an UN-sponsored permanent cease-fire agreement in Geneva on October 23 with an aim to discuss a political roadmap to end their year-long conflict and achieve lasting peace.

Williams also noted that the representatives have started outlining the competencies of a reformed presidency council and a government of national unity.

Participants of the talks “are taking steps to ensure that the candidates for the selection process are asked to adhere to the principles of inclusivity, transparency, efficiency, pluralism, collegiality, and patriotism,” Williams said

The election date is said to hold symbolic value, as it will be the 70th anniversary since Libya declared independence.

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