UN adviser asks Libyan leaders to ‘preserve calm and stability’ | Political news
Parliament’s decision to choose a new prime minister has deepened divisions between rival factions and fears have intensified over renewed fighting.
The UN chief’s special adviser on Libya on Sunday called on his interim prime minister and parliament-appointed successor to maintain stability and said elections should be held as soon as possible.
Abdul Hamid Dbeibah, prime minister of the UN-recognized Government of National Unity (GNU), said he would hand over power only after an election and last Thursday rejected parliament’s decision to appoint the former minister of the Interior Fathi Bashagha at the head of a new government.
Libya was supposed to hold presidential and parliamentary elections in December, but disputes between factions and state bodies over how they should be conducted led to the process collapsing days before the vote.
On Sunday, UN adviser Stephanie Williams held separate meetings with Dbeibah and Bashagha.
“I reiterated the importance for all actors and institutions to work within the political framework and, above all, to preserve calm on the ground in the interest of Libya’s unity and stability,” he said. she wrote on Twitter.
She also said the UN “remains committed to making the voices of the 2.8 million Libyans who have registered to vote” heard.
Williams added that she stressed during her meeting with Bashagha “the need to move forward in an inclusive, transparent and consensual manner, and to maintain stability in Tripoli and across the country.”
She said the focus must continue to be on holding “free, fair and inclusive national elections as soon as possible.”
Dbeibah stressed during his meeting with Williams the need to complete the roadmap approved in Geneva, the GNU Facebook page said.
All parties are responsible for creating “appropriate conditions for the holding of national elections and the holding of a referendum on the constitution during this year”, Dbeibah said.
Bashagha said his meeting with Williams focused on efforts to form the proposed government “in a transparent and fair manner”.
He also underlined “his concern for the stability of the security situation and his commitment to the constitutional frameworks and the deadlines set for the holding of the elections”.
Conflict-ridden since a NATO-backed uprising against longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, Libya has for years been divided between rival administrations in the east and west, each backed by a myriad combatant groups and foreign governments.
Parliament’s decision to choose Bashagha has deepened divisions between rival factions and fears have intensified over renewed fighting between armed groups supporting them.
Dbeibah survived an apparent assassination attempt last week after his vehicle was sprayed with small-arms fire in the capital, Tripoli.