The special representative of the UN in Libya, the Senegalese Abdoulaye Bathily, expects the presidential and legislative elections in 2023. His mission seems difficult to fulfill.
Elections are “urgent and necessary.” The appeal from some fifty Libyan political parties to the Secretary General of the United Nations (UN), is clear and clear: Libya must take after the postponement – the cancellation, the effect – of the December elections of 2021. to release, the Libyan factions are surprised that the work of the United Nations was not associated. They are also surprised that the chiefs of the tribes have calculated that the difficulties lead to even more difficulties, which draw the nations into the world.
Before proposing solutions, the UN ambassador made a dire observation, but one common to all observers: the members of the Libyan parliament, divided into two parties, which are opposed by all – the House of Representatives and the High Council of State – will not be able to. to “consent” in the organization of elections. But for the Senegalese, football is like that. On February 27, Abdoulaye Bathily announced before the Security Council that he was launching an initiative whose purpose was “to stop the presidential and legislative elections in 2023.”
Is it impossible to move forward without two chambers of parliament?
This initiative should now allow the Senegalese to know who is helping him. And so that, if necessary, we decide completely. That is: if the two parties did not want to accept the plan proposed by Bathily, she would send the election process against them. The Senegalese therefore pressed both chambers. After such an ultimatum, neither the House of Representatives nor the High Council of State shall be able to endanger their time. “You can say that most institutions lost their legitimacy years ago, said Bathily. Solving the legitimacy crisis should therefore be a priority for all political actors who want to change the status quo.
This is the situation we saw in December 2021: organizing elections according to the calendar imposed by the UN does not necessarily favor success, far from it. Hence the importance of obtaining local political support. Western ambassadors – from Germany, the United States, France, the United Kingdom or even Italy – went to try to unite the Libyan actors in Bathily.
Dbeibah supports the site of Bathily
On Wednesday, Prime Minister Abdel Hamid Dbeibah received the representative of the UN. “There is agreement between his vision and the government regarding the management of the next period, including the urgency of moving to the organization of elections,” said diplomat Dbeibah, who especially hopes that he can achieve his political ambitions as soon as possible. can can
In fact, Bathily’s mission promises to be almost impossible. Because the two sides are already criticizing their initiative, which is part of the “plans that are binding on the Libyan brothers, which go beyond their institutions”, gathered on Wednesday the Egyptian Foreign Minister, Sameh Chokri, who supports the eastern side. In the East, as in the West, there is no understanding of the difference between the proposal by Abdoulaye Bathily and Stephanie Williams, which had failed. The Senegalese must also win over all the foreign powers working in Libya: if he has the support of the United States and Europe, he must also win over Russia, Turkey or Egypt.