12 Libyan Groups Call on UNSMIL to Take Action Against Those Obstructing Elections – Al Marsad

A joint statement by issued by a coalition of 12 leading Libyan civil democratic movements and parties call on UNSMIL to take urgent action against those who wish to obstruct free, direct and inclusive Presidential and Parliamentary elections in Libya.

(LIBYA, 27 May 2021) – The joint statement was issued by Civil Democratic Party, National Forces Alliance, Ihya Libya Movement, National Will Party, Center National Party, National Movement for Libya, Youth for Change Movement, Al-Wasat Youth Movement, December 24 Movement, Libyan Organization for Political Development, and the Movement for the Twenty-Fourth of December, and Libya Elects its President Movement.

The statement says despite unprecedented support in Libya and in the international community for holding direct Presidential and Parliamentary elections on 24 December, yet there was a certain group at the LPDF that was determined to “deprive the Libyan people of exercising their right to choose a President for their State through free, direct and inclusive election.”

The statement urges UNSMIL to take “urgent action against these obstructing parties in order to prevent them from inflicting irreversible damage that could renew the vicious cycle of violence that could erupt beyond control.”

AlMarsad publishes here the original Arabic statement in full in English:

Press Release by National Civil Democratic Movements and Parties
on the Latest Developments in the Current Political Scene [27/05/2021]

The democratic civil forces had hopes for the outputs of the Legal Committee emanating from the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF), which have been formulated in their final form to be endorsed by LPDF members in a public session.

Despite the unprecedented support of the Libyan people, the Security Council, the United Nations Support Mission to Libya (UNSMIL), and friendly and brotherly countries, of the importance of holding direct Presidential and Parliamentary elections on 24 December 2021, to end the hardships that the Libyan people have endured for more than a decade, it is evident today, through the document presented by a member of the Legal Committee to the LPDF meeting, that a certain party had already taken a decision to deprive the Libyan people of exercising their right to choose a President for their State through free, direct and inclusive election.

While we strongly condemn this desperate attempt by these parties, we, hereby, affirm the following:

  1. The fact that a member of the Legal Committee has deviated from the conclusions of that Committee constitutes a void act that is absolutely untenable.
  2. The document submitted by that member of the LPDF Legal Committee constitutes an invitation to obstruct the course of action towards achieving the entitlement to direct Presidential and Parliamentary elections as scheduled on 24 December 2021.
  3. We call on UNSMIL, the sponsor of the political dialogue, to cut off the road to any attempt to disrupt or obstruct these entitlements, to take urgent action against these obstructing parties in order to prevent them from inflicting irreversible damage that could renew the vicious cycle of violence that could erupt beyond control. We hold these parties responsible for the repercussions of their action.

We bring the kind attention of the friendly countries, specifically, members of the Berlin Conference agreement, to the seriousness of what is happening, and we, hereby, seek their support for the efforts aimed at saving our country from the dark tunnel of this crisis by achieving the direct Presidential and Parliamentary elections on 24 December, 2021.

God save Libya

Civil Democratic Party
National Forces Alliance
Ihya Libya Movement
National Will Party
Center National Party
National Movement for Libya
Youth for Change Movement
Al-Wasat Youth Movement
December 24 Movement
Libyan Organization for Political Development
Movement for the Twenty-Fourth of December
Libya Elects its President Movement

 

© ALMARSAD ENGLISH (2021)