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Denouncements of Salamé’s statement to postpone presidential elections

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

TRIPOLI – The remarks of Head of U.N. Mission in Libya, Ghassan Salamé, in which he hinted at postponing presidential elections, were met with wide denouncements in Libya.

Salamé had stated that there is a plan that includes holding parliamentary elections first and then the referendum on the constitution, followed by presidential elections.

Such plan would prolong the presidential elections and would come at a contrast to the outcomes of the Palermo conference last year, in which Libyan parties agreed to hold he presidential elections in the spring of 2019.

Salamé’s remarks were criticized by a number of officials whom accused the UN envoy of seeking to prolong the Libyan crisis.

Benghazi’s House representative, Issa al-Oreibi, said that electing a president directly by the people is the solution on the basis of Law No. (5) for the year 2014 the election of an interim president, which was approved by the House of Representatives and was passed by a majority.

Another member of the House of Representatives, Abdulsalam Nasia, described Salamé’s remarks as “disappointing” and said that it will prolong the chaos. Nasia stated that such plan would be a retreat from the road-map which Salamé announced after he took office.

Member of the House of Representatives, Yousuf al-Farjani, attacked Salamé and called him “Libya’s premier with wider powers”.

Salamé proposed that a national conference be held in first weeks of 2019 during his Security Council briefing in early November last year. He said that the electoral process should commence in the Spring of 2019 following the conference.

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