CAIRO (AP) — Rival Libyan officers wrapped up weeklong talks within the Egyptian capital with out an settlement on constitutional preparations for elections, the United Nations mentioned Tuesday.
Twelve lawmakers from Libya’s east-based parliament and 12 from the Excessive Council of State, an advisory physique within the capital of Tripoli in western Libya, took half in the U.N.-brokered talks that concluded Monday in Cairo.
The U.N. particular adviser on Libya, Stephanie Williams, mentioned the officers agreed to reconvene subsequent month after the Muslim vacation of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the tip of Ramadan.
Williams mentioned the U.N. was working to grab consensus reached earlier this yr between the 2 chambers with the goal of reaching an settlement on a constitutional and legislative framework for parliamentary and presidential elections.
The talks got here as Libya has been pulled aside once more, with two rival governments claiming energy after tentative steps in direction of unity previously yr, following a decade of civil battle.
In February, the nation’s east-based Home of Representatives named a brand new prime minister, former inside minister Fathi Bashagha, to steer a brand new interim authorities.
The lawmakers there claimed the mandate of interim Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah, who relies in Tripoli, expired when the election didn’t happen as deliberate in December.
Dbeibah, nonetheless, stood defiant towards efforts to exchange his authorities. He mentioned he’ll hand over energy solely to an elected authorities.
With the 2 leaders sticking to their positions, turmoil soared, and closely armed militias mobilized within the western area – together with the capital, the place they sometimes blocked roads.
Tribal leaders and protesters within the southern area additionally shut down oil services together with Libya’s largest oil area, demanding Dbeibah to step down. The area is managed by forces of east-based commander Khalifa Hifter.
The developments have raised fears combating might return to Libya after a interval of relative calm since combatants signed a U.N.-brokered cease-fire late in 2020.
The oil-rich North African nation has been wrecked by battle for the reason that NATO-backed rebellion toppled and killed longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi in 2011.
The nation spent a lot of the previous decade break up between rival administrations within the east and west, every supported by completely different militias and overseas governments.