Stephanie Williams, the head of the UN mission in Libya announced that elections in the country will take place on 24 December 2021. . The new executive, said Ms. Williams, will involve a separation of powers, with a new Presidency Council, and a Government of National Unity led by a Prime Minister.
24 December is Libyan Independence Day, an important and symbolic date for the country’s citizens. The UN, she said, will work to ensure that as many people as possible, including those who have been displaced from their home, are able to vote.
The talks, she continued, reflect the will of the Libyan people, and provide a “clear path out of the current crisis, and to credible, inclusive and democratic elections”.
Libya has been roiled by division and conflict, since the overthrow of former dictator, Muammar Gaddafi, in 2011The internationally-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) and Haftar’s self-described Libyan National Army (LNA) militias are the two major warring factions in Libya. Based in the capital city of Tripoli, the GNA is led by Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj and controls parts of the country’s west. he Benghazi-based Libya National Army (LNA), a force of some twenty-five thousand fighters, is led by Khalifa Haftar, a former general. Conflict has ensued between the warring factions for months.