No real strategy for political solution in Libya: MP

The UN and every other foreign party are unable to resolve the Libyan crisis because they lack a strategy, said Saleh Afihima, a member of the House of Representatives (HoR) on Saturday.

“No one has a real strategy to resolve the Libyan crisis, including the United Nations and its envoy,” said Afihima on his Facebook page.

“If we could not find a unified formula that ends the division and chaos and allows state institutions and the rule of law to be revived, we will keep waiting for foreign solutions that may not come or be too late,” added Afihima, commenting on the awaited National Conference suggested by U.N. envoy to Libya Ghassan Salame.

He pointed out the political scene in Libya is characterized with “confusion and chaos,” whether on local or international levels.

Libya remains divided between the U.N.-backed Government of National Accord (GNA), based in Tripoli and led by Faiez Sarraj, and a rival administration in the east led by Commander Khalifa Haftar that has support from Egypt, Russia, and the UAE.

The upcoming municipal elections is expected to pave the way for Libya’s democratic process and presidential elections, which was originally set for late 2018. However, the date was abandoned under a new initiative led by the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) to hold them in spring 2019.


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