Libya: Salame Says Parliamentary Elections Expected Before Next Spring

Libya: Salame Says Parliamentary Elections Expected Before Next Spring

Saturday, 12 January, 2019 - 07:45
UN Special Envoy to Libya Ghassan Salame gestures as he speaks during a news conference after the second day of the international conference on Libya in Palermo, Italy November 13, 2018. REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane/File Photo
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UN Special Envoy to Libya Ghassan Salame said parliamentary elections “could take place as early as next spring”.

“Two or three weeks” of meetings between representatives of Libya’s rival camps were still needed before a date could be set for the ambitious event, Salame noted.

“But the decision to convene the national conference has already been taken and contacts between our Libyan partners have begun,” he stressed.

Salame revealed that the ceasefire in Tripoli is remarkably respected, stressing that he along with 15 police commanders are closely watching the implementation of the ceasefire.

He also lauded efforts exerted by Interior Minister at Government of National Accord Fathi Ali Bashagha for the to foster security bodies, commending Bashagha’s step in replacing a number of security officers at the ministry.

Salame said there are 15 million unseized weapons, which means that each Libyan owns two or three weapons. Withdrawing these weapons won't happen overnight, and is a real challenge.

Moreover, he noted that a UN mission will be launched in Benghazi in the coming days, with ongoing plans to launch another one in Sabha (south Libya).

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