Canada Libya: The international community insists on the need for "credible" elections

23:50  12 november  2021
23:50  12 november  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

Libyan presidential elections: a promise and challenges

 Libyan presidential elections: a promise and challenges on December 24th, Libya takes the path of the polls to choose its president. 10 years after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi and then a cycle of violence and uncertainties, this horizon has the contours of a promise. The tensions between the different camps and the divisions of the international community testify that it is also a bet.

Les dirigeants réunis à Paris pour la conférence internationale pour la Libye appellent à la tenue d'élections inclusives et crédibles en décembre, le 12 novembre 2021. © Yoan Valat Pool / AFP The leaders gathered in Paris for the International Conference for Libya call for inclusive and credible elections in December, On November 12, 2021.

to six weeks of crucial elections in Libya, a conference was held this Friday in Paris to reaffirm the support of the international community on this ballot and the transition process.

Emmanuel Macron recognized him from the outset at the press conference this Friday night: the goal is "ambitious". Libyans have not yet been granted on the legal basis of presidential and legislative elections and their timetable. They will have to do it very quickly with Parliament based in the East Libyan and the Electoral Commission.

Libya: beginning of the filing of applications for presidential and parliamentary elections

 Libya: beginning of the filing of applications for presidential and parliamentary elections © Mahmud Turkia AFP / file Voting operations in Tripoli, Libya, January 2021. The Libyan High Electoral Commission (HNC) stated that candidates for the presidential election will have until November 22 to apply. This period extends until December 17 for parliamentarians. "It's the real beginning of the electoral process," said Imad Al-Sayeh, the HNEC director. Nearly three million Libyans, on seven million inhabitants, registered to vote.

But the international community wants to believe it by calling on Friday to the holding of "inclusive" and "credible" elections in December. "The Libyan transition must be completed and the elections must take place in the best possible conditions. The next six weeks are decisive, "said French President Emmanuel Macron at the closing of the Conference in Paris. Paris, Rome and Berlin expressed themselves ready to deploy observers for the poll. They also brandished the threat of sanctions against the elements that would oppose the progress of the vote and which would not recognize the results.

The two leaders of the Libyan Interim Executive present in Paris have committed to accept the results of the elections, whatever they are. "Organizing the elections simultaneously on the scheduled date is a historical goal that we are going to try to achieve," said Prime Minister Abdelhamid Dbeibah.

At the Libya Conference, international leaders call for "free" elections

 At the Libya Conference, international leaders call for Thirty leaders and international representatives gathered in Paris to evoke the situation in Libya. The country is plunged into a political crisis since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. View on Euronews © Yoan Valat / Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved This is the third time that the French President welcomes an international conference on Libya.

The departure of the Libya foreign forces, the other objective

the other part of this conference concerned the departure of the foreign forces of Libya. Emmanuel Macron praised the departure of 300 of them at the request of France. He also called Russia and Turkey to withdraw "without delay" their mercenaries. According to the Elysee, several thousand mercenaries are still present in Libya: those of the private group Russian Wagner, but also Syrian pro-Turkish, Chadiens and Sudanese.

But Moscow does not recognize his presence in Libya through the Wagner group. And Turkey refutes this mercilenah denomination to qualify his troops in Libya. She made it specified in the final communiqué of the conference.

For Angela Merkel, the departure of the 300 mercenaries can start a wider withdrawal of troops: "There are a number of Turkish reluctance. It's a good thing we can see a first withdrawal, it will serve as an example. Things started.

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