The UN supports the Libyan people in a period of transition (Envoy)

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The UN stands with the Libyan people to end the transition period before the elections, the special adviser to the world body said on Thursday.

“The UN will support the Libyan people in their demand for an electoral process to end the long transition period,” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ special advisor on Libya, Stephanie Williams, said in a statement. tweet after a meeting with representatives of a consortium of political parties.

According to the UN diplomat, the representatives “demanded that the will of the 2.8 million Libyans registered on the electoral rolls not be usurped”.

“I also stressed the need for determined efforts to advance national reconciliation and transitional justice,” she said.

Libya’s presidential elections were due to take place on December 24 under a UN roadmap, but the country’s electoral commission proposed a one-month deadline, citing shortcomings in electoral legislation and calls related to eligibility of applicants.

Libya’s House of Representatives said the vote, intended to end years of conflict in the North African nation, “impossible” to hold in time.

The poll was due to take place just over a year after a historic east-west ceasefire in a country ravaged by a decade of conflict since the 2011 uprising that overthrew and killed dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

But preparations for the country’s first-ever presidential election were overshadowed by fierce disputes over its legality and the candidacies of several controversial figures, including Gaddafi’s son Seif al-Islam Gadhafi.

One point of contention was a presidential election law controversially passed by Parliament Speaker Aguila Saleh, which critics said circumvented due process and favored her ally, the coup leader General Khalifa Haftar.

The law was strongly opposed by factions in western Libya, where Haftar had fought a year-long battle to seize the capital Tripoli.

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