Egypt pledges support for Libya’s path to December 24 election

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Libyan Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh (R) being welcomed by Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly (L) during an official ceremony at Cairo International Airport in Cairo, Egypt on September 15, 2021. (Photo by Libyan Prime Ministry Press Office / Handout/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images )
Libyan Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh (R) is welcomed by Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly (L) during an official ceremony at Cairo International Airport in Cairo, Egypt on September 15, 2021. (Photo by Libyan Prime Ministry Press Office / Handout/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

With less than 100 days left until Libya holds its much-awaited presidential election, Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has pledged his country’s support for Tripoli’s efforts to ensure a conducive environment to implement the fundamental electoral milestone.

El-Sisi met on Thursday with Head of Libya’s Government of National Unity, Abdel Hamid Al-Dabaiba, ho is in Cairo for an official visit.

According to the Egyptian presidency, El-Sisi acknowledged the recent electoral law passed by Libya’s House of Representatives, which he said was crucial in the implementation of the roadmap to national elections.

Libya hopes the December 24 election will usher in lasting peace and unity in the country which has been plagues by turmoil since the December 2011 ouster and killing of former President Muammar Gaddafi.

Gaddafi’s death sparked clashes as various armed groups sought control of the country.

In recent years, the North African country was split between a U.N.-recognised government in Tripoli and rival authorities based in the country’s east.

According to the U.N., more than 2.8 million Libyans have so far registered to vote, 40 per cent of whom are women. Additionally, more than half a million new voters will also be casting their ballots in the December poll.

Ján Kubiš, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the U.N. Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), last week urged Libya’s political leaders to join forces to ensure the vote is free, fair and inclusive

“With the elections there is an opportunity for Libya to move gradually and convincingly into a more stable, representative and civilian track,” said Kubiš.

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