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Libya elections: Why new US proposal has sparked controversy

By Samer Al-Atrush
Posted on Sunday, 29 August 2021 08:31, updated on Friday, 3 September 2021 17:38

Italian PM Draghi and Libyan PM Dbeibeh meet in Rome
Libyan Prime Minister Abdulhamid Dbeibeh delivers a statement next to his Italian counterpart at Chigi palace, premier's office, in Rome, Italy May 31, 2021. Gregorio Borgia/Pool via REUTERS

The United States has proposed a staggered Libyan presidential election ending in the autumn of 2022, in a bid to salvage a roadmap for polls in December resisted by the transitional government and other Libyan factions, according to a document obtained by The Africa Report.

The US proposal, presented to the other P3+2 countries (France, Britain, Germany and Italy), would have Libyans commit to a first round of  presidential elections on 24 December, along with parliamentary elections, and then a second and final round on 15 September 2022.