Monday, November 16, 2020

Libya talks pause without naming transitional government | Al Jazeera

Talks on Libya’s future have adjourned without naming a new government to oversee a transition to possible elections next year.

But 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 majority in the room do not want the status quo,” Williams said at a news conference after the talks ended.

“This is not an acceptable alternative. It is not sustainable; everybody recognises that. The hard summer that many Libyans passed through – with no electricity, and very little water and all the other hardships and the [coronavirus] pandemic – was really a wake-up call.”

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.

They will also discuss the question of a constitutional basis for the election.

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