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Libya’s new Presidential Council, Prime Minister elected in Geneva

Libyan Political Dialogue Forum(LPDF) members cast votes Friday in Geneva and finally agreed to select the Head and members of the Presidential Council as well as the new Prime Minister of the Libyan executive authority that will lead to general elections on December 24, 2021.

After individual voting failed, four lists that included candidates for the top Libyan executive authority positions were presented for the positions to run the executive authority in the upcoming interim period.

The winning list received 39 votes and it included Mohammed Menfi (representative of the east), as Head of the Presidential Council; Mossa Al-Koni, member representative of the south; Abdullah Al-Lafi, member representative of the west and Abdul-Hamid Dbeibah, as Prime Minister.  

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Abdul-Hamid Mohammed Dbeibah was born in 1958 in Misrata in northwestern Libya and is known as an influential businessman in the construction field.

After the Libyan revolution that ousted the regime of Muammar Gaddafi in February 2011, he headed the Libyan football club, Al-Ittihad Club. He holds a master’s degree in engineering from Canada. 

Mohammed Younes Menfi was born in Tobruk and was a former member of the Libyan General National Congress that lead the country following the February revolution between 2012 – 2014.

He previously expressed support for the government of Fayez al-Sarraj and rejected warlord Khalifa Haftar’s offensive on Tripoli in 2019.

Menfi was Libyan Ambassador to Athens before he was asked to leave Greece after the signing of the Turkish-Libyan maritime agreement.

Mossa Al-Koni is from the Tuareg tribe in southern Libya. He served as Libya’s Consul General in Mali. He joined the revolution and traveled to Benghazi to join the National Transitional Council formed in February 2011 after liberating several areas from the Gaddafi regime.

He was elected to the Libyan General National Congress then elected a parliamentarian in the House of Representatives in August 2014.

He was a deputy of the Presidential Council when it was formed in 2016, representing southern Libya, but he resigned shortly afterwards.

Abdullah Hussein Al-Lafi is a member of the House of Representatives from Zawiya in western Libya.

He voiced rejection to Haftar’s offensive and on several occasions called on rival Libyans to favor the voice of wisdom for the sake of the country’s unity. 

Ten Months

The new executive authority headed by Menfi and Dbeibah will be obliged to resign by December 24, 2021, ten months and three weeks from now, in order to make way for an elected government to rule the country, according to the roadmap of the LPDF, which in fact was the entity that elected this new government based on what they described as regional and geographical sharing of power.

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