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Libya elections: Why new US proposal has sparked controversy

By Samer Al-Atrush

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Posted on August 29, 2021 06:31

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.

The transitional prime minister, Abdel Hamid al-Dbeibeh, has publicly insisted that he wants to hold elections on time, although the UN-mediated roadmap would bar him and other office holders from running. But privately, he has resisted the idea and has pushed for an extension since  his appointment last February in in a UN-mediated dialogue, officials told The Africa Report.

A spokesman for the prime minister refused to comment.

Others, including members of the State Council in Tripoli, have openly opposed elections in December. Parliament has yet to pass an electoral law while negotiations in the UN-sponsored

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