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Libyans cast votes on mechanism to select top officials

December 3, 2020 at 10:12 pm

Tunisian President Kais Saied and UN Deputy Special Representative for Political Affairs in Libya, Stephanie Williams attend an opening session of Libyan Political Dialogue Forum in Tunis, Tunisia on November 9, 2020 [Yassine Gaidi – Anadolu Agency]

The participants in the Libyan political dialogue forum started on Thursday to vote on the proposals and suggestions over the mechanisms to select Libyan top officials, Anadolu Agency reports.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency, a member of the dialogue forum, requesting anonymity, said the UN Support Mission in Libya engaged on Thursday with 75 members of the forum to take their votes by phone over suggestions and also to support their ongoing dialogue.

The member said the participants are voting on nine suggestions to select a mechanism by which top Libyan officials are selected or nominated.

On Tuesday, the fourth round for the Libyan political dialogue forum kicked off online to discuss proposals and suggestions regarding mechanisms for selecting top official positions including the prime minister and members of the presidential council posts.

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Libya has been torn by civil war since the ouster of late ruler Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

Based in the capital Tripoli and currently led by Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, the Government of National Accord was founded in 2015 under a UN-led agreement, but efforts for a long-term political settlement failed due to a military offensive by Haftar’s forces.

The UN recognises al-Sarraj’s government as the country’s legitimate authority, which also enjoys support from Turkey.

Tripoli has been battling Haftar’s militias since April 2019 in a conflict that has claimed thousands of lives.