Libya's Upper House Calls For Elections To Be Delayed
Faizan Hashmi 1 month ago Mon 20th September 2021 | 10:40 PM
Tripoli, Sept 20 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 20th Sep, 2021 ) :The upper house of Libya's parliament called Monday for presidential elections set for December to be postponed for a year following a controversy over an electoral law.
Earlier this month, eastern-based House of Representatives speaker Aguila Saleh ratified a law for the presidential vote, but he has come under fire for not presenting a final version to the assembly for a vote.
Critics charge that Saleh was trying to push through legislation favouring his eastern ally, military strongman Khalifa Haftar.
On Monday, the head of the Tripoli-based High Council of State (HCS), Khalid al-Mishri, rejected legislation which he said had been passed "without a legal vote or consensus".
"We do not recognise the House of Representatives as having passed a presidential elections law," Khalid al-Mishri told journalists.
Presidential elections "would not produce stability in Libya at the present time", Mishri added.
"Our hands reach out for dialogue, but the HoR (lower house) can't simply pass laws on its own," Mishri said.
A year-long lull in violence and a UN-led transition process have sparked hopes that Libya could move on after a decade of violence that followed the fall and killing of dictator Moamer Kadhafi in a 2011 revolt.
But analysts have warned that multiple obstacles including failure to agree on an electoral law and the presence of foreign forces on both sides could still scupper chances for peace.