December 24 Movement Rejects Extension of GNU’s Term and Any Obstruction to December Elections – Al Marsad

The December 24 Movement issued a statement today saying it holds the United Nations Support Mission to Libya (UNSMIL) responsible for any deterioration in the peaceful political track and stability in Libya by allowing self-interested and ideological parties to obstruct the 24 December elections. 

(LIBYA, 2 July 2021) – The spokesperson of the December 24 Movement, Abdulla al-Gharyani, issued a statement the movement  reserves the right to express their anger and take to the streets in protest to regain the Libyan people’s right to hold the Presidential and Parliamentary elections on time.

AlMarsad published here in English the full translation of the statement:

STATEMENT BY THE DECEMBER 24 MOVEMENT

At this critical time when the Libyan people are looking forward to announcing the constitutional rule that represents the basis for the Libyans to go to the polls, and while the December 24 Movement is following the proceedings of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum sessions in Geneva, where interest groups insist on disrupting the Roadmap agreed upon in November 2020 in Tunisia, to obstruct holding the elections on the stipulated date of December 24, 2021, we affirm the following:

1) We strongly condemn what the United Nations Support Mission to Libya (UNSMIL) has done by allowing utilitarian and ideological forces to open the Roadmap for the Preparatory Phase and endangering the political process in Libya.

2) We reject any prejudice to the direct Presidential and Parliamentary Elections, and there is no alternative to holding them except on their scheduled date on 24 December 2021, and we call on supporters of the democratization path, and the peaceful transfer of power, to firmly confront attempts to open the agreed-upon Roadmap for the Preparatory Phase.

3) We hold the United Nations Support Mission to Libya (UNSMIL) responsible for any deterioration in the peaceful political track and stability in Libya.

4) We reserve the right to express our anger and take to the streets and squares to regain our right to hold the elections on time.

5) We reject calls to extend the term of the Interim Government of National Unity (GNU) and deplore these practices to circumvent the peaceful and political solution, and we affirm that this Government has failed to achieve the minimum level of services in the first 100 days since it was granted the voice of confidence by the Libyan House of Representatives.

6) We call on the international community to apply deterrent sanctions against those who obstruct the path of consensus and peaceful solution.

Abdulla al-Gharyani
Spokesperson
December 24 Movement

Issued on 2 July 2021

© ALMARSAD ENGLISH (2021)