Benghazi | 15 Political Movements Demand December Direct Presidential and Parliamentarian Elections – Al Marsad

Fifteen leading Libyan political movements and parties issued a joint statement at the end of their meeting in Benghazi on Saturday, after holding extensive rounds of discussions on the upcoming December elections and key issues undermining progress in Libya. The joint statement said that the only way out of the crisis in the country was through direct Presidential and Parliamentary elections.

(LIBYA, 20 June 2021) – The joint statement said they had followed “the repercussions of the current scene of the violation of Libyan sovereignty and foreign military interventions, and the disruption in the implementation of military, economic and political agreements.”

The consortium demanded the “withdrawal of all foreign troops present on Libyan soil to enable the Libyan people to express their free will in choosing their governing institutions that will lead the country to the permanent stage through the implementation of a permanent constitution.”

The statement at the meeting in Benghazi was read by Najiba Staita, Acting Head of the Civil Democratic Party, and the questions session was conducted by Aref Ali Nayed, Head of the Ihya Libya Movement. The meeting also included interventions via Zoom from Naji Barakat, Ali Tarhouni, Muhammad Saad, Fawzi Abdel-Aal, and Muhammad al-Muntasir. The statement was endorsed by the Civil Democratic Party, Ihya Libya Movement, Libya for All Movement, Youth for Change, National Will Gathering, Vote for Libya Movement, Center National Party, December 24 Movement, Movement for the Twenty-Fourth of December, Libya Elects Its President Movement, Derna Women’s Union, Tobruk Women’s Union, Women in the Lead Movement, Benghazi’s Women’s Union, and the National Movement Towards a Constitutional State.

AlMarsad publishes here the English translation of the joint statement issued in Arabic:

Statement by National Movements and Parties
Regarding the Entitlement of the General Elections on 24 December 2021

We, the representatives of the national parties and movements, the signatories to this statement, after several rounds of in-depth dialogue and extensive research, and as we follow the repercussions of the current scene of the violation of Libyan sovereignty and foreign military interventions, and the disruption in the implementation of military, economic and political agreements, we, hereby, announce to our honorable people the following:

(1) Our firm conviction that the salvation of our people from the stifling crisis that the country has been going through for many years now, is the safe passage to the general elections; Presidential and Parliamentary elections that have been agreed upon by all Libyan stakeholders, and strongly supported and endorsed by the international community through statements of the UN Security Council; we do not accept any disruptive attempt to impede this entitlement through imposing the idea of a referendum on a highly disputed constitution draft, or insisting on using it as a contentious constitutional rule as a means to create discord for the purpose of postponement or cancelation.

(2) Our strong conviction, also, that the tasks set by the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum for the Presidential Council and the Government of National Unity are, exclusively and primarily, to do all that is necessary to prepare the country for achieving this historic national entitlement represented in organizing and holding the elections on their scheduled date on 24 December 2021. At the forefront of these assignments is achieving the withdrawal of all foreign troops present on Libyan soil to enable the Libyan people to express their free will in choosing their governing institutions that will lead the country to the permanent stage through the implementation of a permanent constitution.

(3) The date set for holding these elections is a date approved by the vast majority of the Libyan people, who cannot allow it to be bypassed in any way. The scheduled date fo the elections has also been approved and endorsed by the international community, represented in the UN Security Council, headed by its permanent members.

(4) We further affirm that we already have the constitutional rule required for conducting the elections, represented in the February Commission Proposals’ full document, and included in the Seventh Amendment to the Constitutional Declaration, as well as in Resolution No. (5) of 2014, Issued by the House of Representatives (HoR), regarding the Direct Election of the Head of State. Therefore, it is only necessary for the HoR to address the High National Elections Commission (HNEC), and refer all the necessary documents to it, in order for the HNEC to immediately embark on taking the necessary measures to hold the elections.

(5) If we reach the deadline for holding the elections, before all foreign forces are evacuated from the national territory, we suggest that the African Union, represented by its Member States, assist in the monitoring of the elections, to ensure their safe and orderly conduct, and to safeguard the elections against any attempts to tamper with their results.

(6) We will address the content of this statement to Chancellor Aguila Saleh, Speaker of the House of Representatives, to request HoR contribution in implementing what we proposed, herein, for the welfare of the country and the future of its children.

God Save Libya

Signatories

  1. Civil Democratic Party
  2. Ihya Libya Movement
  3. Libya for All Movement
  4. Youth for Change
  5. National Will Gathering
  6. Vote for Libya Movement
  7. Center National Party
  8. December 24 Movement
  9. Movement for the Twenty-Fourth of December
  10. Libya Elects Its President Movement
  11. Derna Women’s Union
  12. Tobruk Women’s Union
  13. Women in the Lead Movement
  14. Benghazi’s Women’s Union
  15. National Movement Towards a Constitutional State

Issued in Benghazi on 19 June 2021

© ALMARSAD ENGLISH (2021)