What’s hindering holding elections in Libya?

Episode 44 of Al-Ad Al-Aksi (The Countdown) program discussed the most important obstacles to holding elections in Libya, which prevented any progress in the political track and prolonged the transitional period, in addition to the issue of force majeure and the spread of weapons, differences between the House of Representatives and the government, external interference, and the most important scenarios expected after the postponement of elections, with the guests, presidential candidate Mabrouk Bu Ameid, and member of the Political Dialogue Forum Abu Bakr Owaidat.

Bu Ameid stressed that the presence of militias outside the law and weapons outside the authority of the state makes the elections unsecure, adding that providing the appropriate environment and protection for judges is what ensures sound provisions.

He said elections would not be completed if Saif Al-Islam was not excluded from the candidacy, noting that the exclusion of Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi is an American condition for holding the elections.

Bu Ameid added that changing the government has become a duty of the House of Representatives, or at least changing its president, stressing that the current government has not been able to unify state institutions, and that its prime minister has not visited the east or the south until today.

He indicated that the major powers that threatened to sanction the obstructors of elections are today at the head of the obstacles when the elections conflicted with their interests, stressing that the House of Representatives and the High Council of State must reach a joint national resolution ending the political crisis.

Meanwhile, Abu Bakr Owaidat said that the High National Elections Commission’s inability to hold elections is an inaccurate excuse, recalling that 2014 witnessed elections with millions of pieces of weapons in the street.

On the replacement of government, Owaidat said that the government and the Presidential Council are the product of a political agreement among several bodies, and the House of Representatives does not have to act unilaterally towards the government.

Owaidat said it is likely to hold parliamentary and presidential elections in June 2022, telling 218News that there are steps being taken to restructure the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum and activate its role again, to discuss the road map and the subject of executive authority.

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