The United Nations has regretted that several milestones of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) political road map, adopted in Tunis in November 2020, were missed over the course of 2021, including the conduct of national elections scheduled for 24 December 2021.
The UN said in a briefing for the Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General, Farhan Haq, that the road map set the expiration of the transitional phase on 22 June, provided that presidential and parliamentary elections are held by then, which has not been the case.
“We therefore urge Libyan leaders to refrain from using the date of 22 June as a tool for political manipulation. Instead, we encourage them to redouble their efforts to maintain calm and stability at this critical juncture in Libya’s political transition.” Haq said.
He added that the United Nations’ priority in Libya remains to facilitate a return to the electoral process, based on a sound and consensual constitutional and legal basis for elections.
“The UN remains firmly convinced that elections are the only path to address and renew the democratic legitimacy of all Libyan institutions.” Haq added.
This comes hours after the HoR-designated Prime Minister Fathi Bashagha called on all state institutions to stop dealing with the LPDF-produced Government of National Unity starting June 22 as it would be expired and have no legal status. Instead, he urged all state institutions to only deal with his government as the legitimate governing body in Libya.