Libyan legislative elections postponed to January: Parliament | Politics News
The parliament spokesman said the presidential poll in December was the priority, with the legislative poll postponed for 30 days.
Libya’s legislative elections have been postponed until January, the country’s eastern-based parliament said, instead of taking place on December 24 as scheduled.
“The election of members of the House of Representatives will take place 30 days after the presidential vote,” still scheduled for December 24, Parliament spokesman Abdullah Bliheg said at a press conference on Tuesday.
The elections are supposed to help unify the country after years of conflict and division, but disputes over their legal and constitutional basis have exposed the extent of the division between the east and west of the country.
The House of Representatives, based in the eastern city of Tobruk, is at odds over electoral laws with a rival body, the equivalent of the Libyan Senate, in the western city of Tripoli.
Bliheg said holding the presidential poll was the priority, which led to the delay in the legislative poll.
“In recent years, the country has not been able to stabilize itself thanks to the parliamentary system,” he said.
“The presidential elections had to be organized as quickly as possible.
Libya has suffered a decade of conflict since the fall in 2011 of longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi in a NATO-backed uprising, which sparked a complex civil war that resulted in multiple foreign powers.
A historic ceasefire between the eastern and western camps last year, following a year-long unsuccessful attempt by renegade eastern-based military commander Khalifa Haftar of seizing Tripoli paved the way for a UN-backed peace process.
The unity government of interim Prime Minister Abdulhamid Dbeibah, based in Tripoli, took office in March with a mandate to rule the country until the December elections.