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Williams and US embassy hail breakthrough in selecting new Libyan executive authority

The UN acting envoy in Libya announced that the advisory committee of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum for representatives of Libya’s different regions has proposed a way forward for choosing a transitional government that would lead the country to elections by the end of this year.

The UN acting envoy, Stephanie Williams, told a news conference in Geneva, where talks are taking place, the advisory committee’s members “have met their responsibility with a constructive spirit, cooperative efforts, and a great deal of patriotism”.

“The 18-member committee has proposed that each region’s electoral college name a representative to a three-member presidential council.” Williams said, adding that a prime minister would be chosen by the forum, with the successful nominee requiring 70% of votes.

Williams said the forum would vote on the proposed mechanism on Monday, with results expected the following day.

The transitional government would be “a temporary unified executive staffed by Libyan patriots who want to share responsibility rather than to divide the cake”, the UN acting envoy indicated.

The US welcomed the breakthrough and urged all parties “to work with urgency and in good faith” to establish an interim government, according to a statement by the US Embassy in Libya.

“It is time to move past the conflict and corruption facilitated by the status quo,” the US embassy said.

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