UN says Libya’s rivals fail to reach agreement in election talks


CAIRO (UKTN) — Rival Libyan factions failed to reach an agreement after the conclusion of a third round of UN-brokered talks in Egypt, the United Nations said on Monday, further complicating international efforts to find a way out of the decade-old chaos in the country.

According to UN Special Adviser on Libya Stephanie Williams, lawmakers from Libya’s eastern-based parliament and the High Council of State, based in the western capital Tripoli, concluded on Sunday night their last round of negotiations on constitutional amendments for the elections. in Cairo without a breakthrough.

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The talks, which began on June 12, had sought to establish a constitutional framework for Libya’s elections, but the two sides failed to agree on “measures governing the transition period” leading up to the vote, it said. William said in a statement.

She called on Aguila Saleh, the influential speaker of parliament, and Khaled al-Meshri, head of the Tripoli-based council, to meet within 10 days to try to bridge the gaps between the two sides. She did not specify.

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Libyan media claimed that the main disputed issue was the criteria for a presidential candidacy. The Tripoli-based council has insisted on barring the military from running for the country’s top job – apparently a move aimed at Commander Khalifa Hifter, a divisive military leader. Hifter had announced his candidacy in the elections scheduled for last December. That vote did not take place due to a myriad of issues, including controversial hopefuls and disputes over election laws.

During talks in Cairo, eastern-based lawmakers called for allowing military personnel to run in a later vote.

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The failure to hold the vote in December was a blow to international efforts to end a decade of chaos in Libya, where rival administrations are now vying for power after attempts at unity last year.

Oil-rich Libya has been wracked by conflict since a NATO-backed uprising toppled and killed longtime dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. The country was then for years divided between rival administrations in the east and west, each backed by different militias and foreign governments. .


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