Kubis: Failing to hold elections could lead to more conflicts in Libya

The UN envoy to Libya, Jan Kubis, said on Wednesday in his briefing to the Security Council that the ongoing controversy about elections could undermine the electoral process, especially that there are voices rejecting holding elections in their current form.

In his final briefing to the Security Council, after submitting his resignation on Tuesday, Kubis warned that not holding elections could lead to more conflicts in Libya, calling on all Libyan parties and candidates to push for holding elections on time and to respect their results.

Kubis said rejecting the results of elections could bring Libya back to the circle of conflict and violence, indicating that it is crucial that the High National Elections Commission follows the set dates for preliminary and presidential elections that are slated for December 24.

Kubis remarked that the political environment in Libya is still suffering from polarization and is fragile but Libyans want to hold elections, which if not held, could lead to conflicts.

He said the Libyan judiciary has the final say regarding the electoral process, adding that foreign forces and mercenaries’ presence is still concerning to Libya and neighboring countries.

Kubis also welcomed the plan of 5+5 Joint Military Commission to hold meetings in Turkey, Russia and neighboring states of Libya in that regard.


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