Libyan Political Parties and Movements Condemn Efforts to Extent the December Presidential Election Schedule – Al Marsad

Following allegations that surfaced yesterday in the media that the US was proposing a new schedule for Presidential elections that would extend it to Autumn 2022, a consortium of Libyan political parties and movements issued a joint communiqué this morning warning against “ongoing attempts to obstruct and disrupt the holding of the upcoming simultaneous direct Presidential and Parliamentary Elections.”

 

(LIBYA, 30 August) – The communiqué, which was signed by 12 Libyan political parties and movements, said that “confiscating the inherent right of the Libyan people to choose who represent them and assume the tasks of managing the Libyan State” would have serious repercussions that would lead to renewed violence and anarchy across Libya.

AlMarsad publishes here the English translation of the full letter which was issued in Arabic.

Statement by Libyan Political Parties and Organizations Regarding the Elections

Libyan political parties, blocs, political forces and movements, signatories to this communiqué, follow with great concern and caution the ongoing attempts to obstruct and disrupt the holding of the upcoming simultaneous direct Presidential and Parliamentary Elections, and delay the issuance of the necessary legislation to implement them on their scheduled date on 24 December 2021, and warn of the consequences of this and the repercussions of confiscating the inherent right of the Libyan people to choose who represent them and assume the tasks of managing the Libyan State.

The political parties, blocs, political forces and movements affirm that the executive, legislative, and incumbent oversight bodies have no legitimacy whatsoever as their tenure and mandate are legally expired, and that the confidence of the Libyan people in them has been completely lost. Consequently, their mandate can no longer be accepted or extended beyond 24 December 2021. Therefore the ongoing miserable attempts to prolong the life of these bodies will be categorically rejected by the people, and this will further complicate and exacerbate the volatile political and security situation in the forthcoming months, and may be a major reason for a renewed pan-Libya violence, fighting, and wide spread anarchy in the country, God forbid.

The political parties, blocs, political forces and movements, hereby, reaffirm the importance of electing the Head of State through direct suffrage by the people without any procrastination or obstruction whatsoever, to preserve the unity of the country and ensure the smooth running and organization of the work of executive authorities, and to prevent a recurrence of the disastrous results of overlapping competencies between the legislative and executive authorities that the Libyans have been suffering from for a decade, and that any internal or external attempt to disrupt the second round of electing the President of the State, should the need arise, exceeds four weeks, shall be a deemed as a perpetuation of the status quo that the Libyan people will categorically reject, so as not to be a pretext for further postponement or cancellation.

While we stress the importance of the international community standing with Libya and its support for its unity, sovereignty and stability, and for the choice of its democratization path, and for the return of the right to the people as the source of authority, we wholeheartedly reject that this support be contrary to the will and aspirations of the Libyan people, or in concordance with the position of an opportunist clique hat has spoiled the political scene, and wants to perpetuate its illegitimate monopoly of power.

God Save Libya

Signatories

1 Civil Democratic Party 8 National Movement for Democratization
2 Ihya Libya Movement 9 December 24 Movement
3 National Forces Alliance 10 Libya Elects its President Movement
4 Center National Party 11 Derna Women’s Union
5 Youth Tomorrow Party 12 Libyan Network for Supporting and Empowering Women
6 National Will Gathering  
7 National Movement for Libya  

Issued on 30 August 2021

© ALMARSAD ENGLISH (2021)

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