A prime Libyan electoral official mentioned it might be unattainable to carry a long-awaited presidential election scheduled for Friday, a delay that dangers additional destabilizing the oil-rich North African nation that has been beset by division and violence within the decade because the dictator Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi was toppled and killed in a revolution.
“After reviewing the technical, judicial and safety stories, we want to inform you that it will likely be unattainable to carry the elections on the date set by the elections legislation on the twenty-fourth of December 2021,” the president of the parliamentary election committee, Hadi Al-Sagheer, mentioned in a press release on Wednesday.
For greater than a yr, Libya has been working towards the election, which was set for the seventieth anniversary of the nation’s independence. But in recent days, a delay appeared inevitable as questions swirled across the legitimacy of main candidates and the election’s authorized foundation.
The query now just isn’t solely when a vote may happen, however whether or not a postponed election could be any less brittle — and who would management Libya within the interim.
Almost 100 candidates had declared they had been operating for president, a number of of them among the many most distinguished in Libyan politics. Greater than a 3rd of Libyans registered to vote, and most signaled their intentions to solid ballots.
Western leaders and United Nations officers had thrown their help behind the election, which they mentioned represented the most effective hope of reunifying and pacifying a rustic nonetheless largely divided in two and dazed from practically a decade of internecine preventing.