Le Figaro: Libyan Political Dialogue Vulnerable to Erdogan’s Ambitions – Al Marsad

A report published by French newspaper Le Figaro on Sunday said that the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) faces more risks of failure than ever, warning that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ambitions threaten to abort the LPDF.

(Libya, 21 December 2020) – The report indicated that the Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Stephanie Williams spoke openly of an impasse and decided, therefore, to establish a legal advisory committee to close differences and make tangible progress.

As scheduled, the Libyan Political Dialogue’s (LPDF) committee was to meet today on 21 December to discuss constitutional arrangements for the upcoming elections.

According to the French report, the UN-brokered dialogue is moving at a snail’s pace. After a week of meetings in mid-November in Tunisia and six virtual meetings, progress is long overdue, and none of the critical issues have yet been resolved except to reaching an agreement hold elections on 24 December 2021.

It noted the concern of LPDF members about the names of future office bearers, as the expected scenario, according to Le Figaro, was the inauguration of the Speaker of the House of Representative (HoR), Speaker Aguila Saleh as the head of the Presidential Council, and the Interior Minister of the Government of National Accord (GNA), Fathi Bashagha, as the prime minister.

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