Africa Intelligence: US seeks new sanctions to save Libya elections

Africa Intelligence said Wednesday that at the initiative of the United States, new asset freezes and travel bans could soon target those parties seeking to impede Libya elections scheduled for 24 December, adding that this issue could be raised at the international conference on Libya organized by the French President in Paris for 12 November.

The French website said Western capitals are looking for new ways to exert pressure on those political protagonists who are suspected of wanting to postpone the vote for their own benefit, adding that while Washington, Paris, London, Rome and Berlin have made this threat official in a joint communiqué issued on 25 October, they still sharply differ on what these measures should entail.

US special envoy Richard Norland took advantage of the Libyan Stabilization Initiative in Tripoli on 21 October to propose targeting, as a first step, members of parliament or members of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) suspected of selling their votes to the highest bidders or of being involved in influence peddling. 


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