The Address | Benghazi – Libya
NEW YORK – The head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Ghassan Salamé said Wednesday that the National Conference consultations proved Libyans want change through elections. For national elections to take place, conditions must be met. They will require great effort to achieve, but they are achievable, he added in his briefing before the United Nations Security Council.
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Salame, speaking from UNSMIL headquarters in Tunisia, that the House of Representative members were elected four years ago by fifteen percent of the population, while the so-called High State Council members, which represents a fraction of the General National Council were elected six years ago. The so-proclaimed Government of National Accord assumed their roles not through elections, but appointment. No surprise Libyans want to change in their leadership, he said.
Speaking to UNSC on legislative process, Salamé said that in he has been exhausting traditional avenues to move this process forward. Adding that these efforts have either been blocked or designed to lead nowhere.
Finally, Salamé warned that if legislation is not produced soon, UNSMIL will close this chapter. There are other ways to achieve peaceful political change in Libya and the UN will embrace them unhesitatingly and with enthusiasm, he added.