International and local talks about elections

The controversy on the Libyan electoral law is still taking place locally and internationally. The Security Council decided to renew the current United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) mission until the voting on the electoral law by the end of September.

Some say that this renewal comes after the disagreement between the United States and Russia. They say that the issue needs more time to agree with these two countries.

From his side, the Russian Deputy Ambassador to the UN, Dmitry Polyansky, said that his country would support the International Community in resolving the issues that face the UNSMIL.

Polyansky stated that Russia would help the Libyan people to conduct the elections on 24th December as agreed. He also called the member states to focus on this target.

On the other hand, the US representative at the Security Council, Jeffrey Delaurentis, stressed that the vital role of the UNSMIL is to help reach permanent peace and stability by supporting in the preparations for the elections and ceasefire.

Delaurentis also advised the secretary of the Security Council to move the UNSMIL office from Geneva to Tripoli to ease communicating with Libyan officials with renewing the current UNSMIL mission to the end of September.

Locally, the head of the High State Council (HSC), Khaled Al-Meshri, said that the UN envoy to Libya, Jan Kubis, told him that the UNSMIL stresses the agreement between the HSC and the House of Representatives (HoR) on the electoral law.

In the same context, the Counsellor of the US Department of State, Derek Chollet, discussed with Al-Meshri the significance of holding the elections on time, stressing that Libyan actors should work on electoral law to end the crisis.

Chollet also met with the members of the Presidential Council (PC), Moussa Al-Kony and Abdullah Al-Lafi. The two PC members asked Chollet to meet the political factions to advise them to collaborate in ending the contradictions over the electoral and constitutional law.


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