The US and European powers call for “early” elections in Libya and threaten those who prevent them with sanctions


The United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, France and Italy have issued a joint statement in which they advocate holding the presidential elections that have had to be postponed in Libya as soon as possible, while warning that anyone who obstructs these elections will face to international sanctions.

The signatory powers have indicated that they “take note” of the decision to postpone the vote on December 24 after the committee in charge of supervising the preparations concluded that the technical, judicial and security situation made it “impossible” for it to take place this Friday. .

“We call on the Libyan authorities to respect the aspirations of the Libyan people for early elections by quickly setting a final date for the vote and the publication of the list of presidential candidates without further delay,” they said.

Western countries have recalled that “free, fair and credible elections will allow the Libyan people to choose a representative and united government, and will strengthen the independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and national unity of Libya.” “It is important that the momentum to achieve these goals is maintained,” they stressed.

Thus, they have warned that “individuals or entities that, inside or outside Libya, obstruct, undermine, manipulate or falsify the electoral process and the political transition will have to be held accountable and may be appointed by the United Nations sanctions committee.”

In this regard, Washington and its European colleagues have stressed that “disagreements on emerging political or military issues must be resolved without resorting to violence.”

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In addition, they have ratified that they fully support the United Nations decision to facilitate a political process led by Libyans themselves, urging other international actors to do the same.

However, they have indicated that the future transfer of power between the current Government and the new Executive will have to be done as soon as the results are announced and, “to avoid conflicts of interest and a balanced playing field,” candidates who hold public office must stay out of them until the opinion of the polls is known.


The postponement took place on Wednesday without yet knowing the ‘road map’ for an election that could mark the beginning of the end of the long political crisis in the North African nation.

Libya has had a unity government since March after a process of talks to unify the opposing administrations, after the internationally recognized authorities based in Tripoli repelled the offensive launched in 2019 by General Khalifa Haftar last year.

The new Executive has among its main objectives the organization of the elections, with which it is expected to shelve the institutional crisis that opened in 2014 and the instability that Libya has suffered since the capture and execution of Muammar Gaddafi.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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