Are chances of holding elections in Libya at stake?

It seems that the state of political inflexibility reflected in the movements of the various parties in Libya casts a shadow over elections in the country.

These movements do not indicate that there is an agreement that may guarantee holding elections in Libya in the coming period, which is the date that was set according to the outcomes of the Political Dialogue Forum and the road map, while the state of disagreement among the parties resulted in the presence of two governments in Libya, namely the unity government headed by Abdel Hamid al-Dabaiba and the Libyan government headed by Fathi Bashagha, both of whom hail from the city of Misurata.

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya hopes to hold a third round of talks in Cairo between the House of Representatives and the High Council of State on the 11th of June; in order to search for a consensual solution that has been absent so far, amid fears that the increasing polarization among armed groups in the capital, Tripoli, threatens the chances of holding elections mow more than ever before.

Several countries fear the end of the chances of holding elections. In their speeches to the Security Council, their representatives stressed the importance of adhering to elections, as United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for consensus on a clear path leading to elections, warning of deepening political divisions in Libya that would lead to elections to igniting an armed conflict. He called for the House of Representatives and the High Council of State to display a spirit of cooperation to reach an agreement on the course of holding free, fair and inclusive presidential and parliamentary elections in Libya on a constitutional basis.

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