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36 LPDF participants call for withdrawal of mercenaries from Libya

36 participants of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF),led by the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), have called on the latter as well as the Security Council to withdraw all foreign fighters, mercenaries and bases from Libya.

The participants – 36 out of 74 – called on the political elite to work on reaching solutions of common agreement, urging Libyans to support the outcomes of the LPDF in order to pave the way for a legitimate and constitutional basis for presidential and parliamentary elections on December 24, 2021.

Meanwhile, the LPDF participants agreed to form a 15-member advisory committee next week in order to end the impasse of selecting mechanism to elect a new executive authority.

The agreement on the formation of the advisory committee came in a virtual meeting on Wednesday, when the UN acting envoy, Stephanie Williams, discussed the proposals of the Legal Committee of the LPDF with the participants for construction and elections’ tracks.

Williams also remarked that the countdown for the elections started on December 21 with the LPDF-approved roadmap, adding that elections will be held on December 24, 2021 and “there’s no backing down”.

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