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UN gives four options for selecting Libya’s Presidential Council, Prime Minister at LPDF

The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has issued four criteria for selecting the new Presidential Council (Head and two Deputies) as well as the Prime Minister of a new unity government as per the outcomes of Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) in Tunisia.

First Option

The Head of Presidential Council and two deputies will be named by Electoral College [At least 5 recommendations from the same region or 4 from South, 5 from East, and 7 from West Libya]. The voting is done in two rounds and the winners become the Head and two deputies of the new Presidential Council.

“If only one name was voted in a certain region and no others were named; he or she would be considered the winner of votes in that region.” The criteria say.

The Head out of the three winners is the one who comes from the region with the most population and must be from a different region than that of the selected Prime Minister.

The selection of a Prime Minister for the new Libyan unity government is done by the naming of candidates by all 75 LPDF members and the winner should get at least 51 votes regardless of the region-based quota system. Two rounds of voting and the winner becomes Libyan Prime Minister, who should then select two deputies from different regions and one of whom should be a different sex than the Prime Minister.

Second Option

The Presidential Council will be named by Electoral College [At least 5 recommendations from the same region or 4 from South, 5 from East, and 7 from West Libya]. The voting is done at the Electoral College centers in each region and the two candidates with the most votes in every region are selected for the three regions then they would undergo voting by the General Assembly meeting.

If two names only were given inside a region, those two will undergo voting by the General Assembly meeting and if one candidate only was named in a region, then he would be considered the winner in that region. Two candidates from each region then will be voted for a representative for each region at the Presidential Council.

The selection of a Prime Minister for the new Libyan unity government is done by the naming of candidates by all 75 LPDF members and the winner should get at least 51 votes regardless of the region-based system. Two rounds of voting and the winner becomes Libyan Prime Minister, who should then select two deputies from different regions and one of whom should be a different sex than the Prime Minister.

Third Option

The Presidential Council will be named by Electoral College [At least 5 recommendations from the same region or 4 from South, 5 from East, and 7 from West Libya]. Voting is done in two rounds at the Electoral College centers and the three with the most votes become the Presidential Council members.

if one candidate only was named in a region, then he would be considered the winner in that region without the need for voting by the General Assembly.

The selection of the Prime Minister will be named by Electoral College [At least 5 recommendations from the same region or 4 from South, 5 from East, and 7 from West Libya]. Voting is done in two rounds and the winner of each region is then selected, after that the General Assembly votes for one of the three winners from the three Libyan regions to be the Prime Minister.

The Head of the Presidential Council out of the three winners is the one who comes from the region with the most population and must be from a different region than that of the selected Prime Minister, who should then select two deputies from different regions and one of whom should be a different sex than the Prime Minister.

Fourth Option

UNSMIL proposed forming a list of four candidates for the Prime Minister, Head of Presidential Council and two deputies’ positions with the two deputies being each from different region than that of the Head of the Presidential Council. The names should get at least 15 votes from the LPDF members regardless of region.

Voting is then done in two rounds by the General Assembly to select the list of four winners. If only two lists had been put forth for voting, only one round of voting is required by the General Assembly.

If one list was named for selection, it would be considered the winner directly. The Prime Minister shall then select two deputies from two different regions than his and one of the three shall be a different sex than the two others.

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