Libyan parliamentarians voice concern about political stalemate

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Several members of the Libyan House of Representatives, or the parliament, on Saturday expressed concern about the country's current political stalemate.

The members made their remarks in a meeting with the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Libya Abdoulaye Bathily, during which they shared their perspectives on ways to push forward the country's political process.

"Several in the group voiced concern about the political stalemate and its implications for Libya's stability and security. They also expressed their desire to unify Libyan institutions as a prerequisite to breaking the political impasse," the UN Envoy tweeted.

Bathily welcomed their commitment to Libya and finding a way forward, and expressed hope that they continue to be vocal about their convictions in the interest of the country and its people.

"I stressed the need for all leaders to meet the expectations of the 2.8 million Libyans who registered to vote and the need for the HCS (High Council of State) and HoR (House of Representatives) to positively and constructively engage to reach a constitutional basis for elections as soon as possible," Bathily said.

Libya failed to hold general elections in December 2021 as previously scheduled due to disagreements over election laws among the Libyan parties.

Earlier in January, the Libyan Prime Minister Abdul-Hamed Dbeibah said his government is ready to hold general elections in 2023.

Ever since the fall of the late leader Muammar Gaddafi's regime in 2011, Libya has been struggling to make a democratic transition amid escalating violence and political division. 

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