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Libya's Presidency Council says 'important' to hold timely elections

People stage a demonstration to protest the election laws and the attempt to hold elections without a Constitution, on 30 November 2021 in Tripoli, Libya. [Hazem Turkia/Anadolu Agency
People stage a demonstration to protest the election laws on 30 November 2021 in Tripoli, Libya [Hazem Turkia/Anadolu Agency]

Libya's Presidency Council, on Tuesday, underlined the importance of holding the country's general elections on 24 December as scheduled, Anadolu News Agency reports.

Speaking, following a meeting with UN Special Representative to Libya, Stephanie Williams, the Council's Vice-President, Musa Al-Koni, said the Libyan people are waiting for the moment to elect the country's president.

"It is a historic moment for Libya to elect a president, who can lead the country in dealing with the world," al-Koni wrote on Twitter.

He said, despite the difficulty facing the polls, it is still "worth abiding by, a move which will make a difference."

Libya's presidential and parliamentary elections are set to take place on 24 December. Calls, however, have grown to postpone the vote, amid political differences and absence of constitutional or legal grounds.

Libyans hope that the upcoming elections will contribute to ending an armed conflict that has plagued the oil-rich country for years.

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