Norland: Libyan HNEC is ready to hold elections once political agreement is reached

The US ambassador to Libya, Richard Norland, said that the Head of the High National Elections Commission, Emad al-Sayeh, confirmed the commission’s readiness to hold elections as soon as a political agreement is reached in Libya.

This came after a meeting between the two parties. Norland described the meeting as encouraging, according to what was reported by the official account of the US Embassy on Twitter.

The elections were scheduled to take place on the 24th of December of last year, as the commission made great efforts in the direction of holding them, despite some objections, but they were postponed after that due to the lack of agreement between the main parties on a common ground to hold them.

After the elections were postponed, the country entered a state of political instability, which some feared could develop into an armed conflict, especially after forming a new government and assigning Bashagha to head it and granting him confidence from the House of Representatives on March 1.

The political impasse prompted UN Adviser Stephanie Williams to put forward an initiative that would lead to the establishment of a constitutional basis that would lead the country to hold elections, through the formation of a joint committee between the House of Representatives and the High Council of State, consisting of 12 members.

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