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Abdoulaye Bathily, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA). Website/UNSMIL

UN envoy calls for unified government to lead Libya to elections

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UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Libya, Abdoulaye Bathily has called for the urgent need of electoral law implementation and forming a unified government to pave the way for elections in the country.

During a meeting with four High Council of State (HCS) members, Bathily addressed Libya’s political deadlock and the necessity of finding a resolution, according to a statement posted by Bathily on social media.

“I encouraged them to continue seeking consensus within the HCS, the House of Representatives, and the broader Libyan political spectrum, including key actors, on implementing electoral laws and forming a unified government to lead Libya towards elections,” Bathily added.

During a phone conversation with Aguila Saleh, speaker of the House of Representatives, on Wednesday, Bathily also emphasized the need for prompt efforts to reach a political compromise in Libya.

Libya failed to hold general elections in December 2021 as previously scheduled, due to disagreements among the Libyan parties over election laws.

Ever since the fall of the late leader Muammar Gaddafi’s regime in 2011, Libya has been struggling to make a democratic transition amid escalating violence and unrest.

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