TALKS ON LIBYA’S ADJOURNED WITHOUT NAMING A NEW TRANSITIONAL GOVERNMENT
Talks on Libya’s future have adjourned without naming a new government to oversee a transition to possible elections next year.
Report says Stephanie Williams, the United Nations envoy for Libya, said on Sunday that she was “very pleased with the outcome” of the talks with 75 delegates selected by the UN to meet in Tunis having agreed to hold presidential and parliamentary elections on December 24 next year.
The UN envoy said there was still a lot of work to do and that delegates will resume talks online next week to discuss a reformed structure and role for the executive authority.
The talks come as part of a wider peacemaking process along with a military ceasefire agreed between the two main sides in the war.
However, many Libyans are sceptical about a process that has followed nearly a decade of chaos and bloodshed and repeated previous efforts to resolve the country’s divisions.
Observers have criticised the way the delegates were chosen for the Tunis talks and cast doubts over their clout in a country where two administrations, as well as an array of armed groups and foreign powers, are already vying for power.
Since 2014, the country has been split between rival factions based in Tripoli, the seat of the GNA, and eastern Libya, where the LNA is based.