AU announces national reconciliation conference on Libya

The African Union (AU) will organize a national reconciliation conference on Libya, in the throes of a major political crisis since the fall of the regime of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, Moussa Faki Mahamat, president of the AU Commission.

“We have brought together the different parties and we are working with them on the date and place of the national conference” which will be held “under the aegis of the high-level committee of the African Union”, chaired by the Congolese head of state Denis Sassou Nguesso, continued Moussa Faki Mahamat.

A double presidential and legislative election postponed

Libya is plagued by divisions between East and West and by foreign interference. Two rival governments are now vying for power, one based in Tripoli – and recognized by the UN -, the other in Sirte (center). The east and part of the south are de facto controlled by Marshal Khalifa Haftar.

A presidential and legislative double ballot, initially scheduled for December 2021 to stabilize the country, has been postponed indefinitely, due to differences over the legal basis of the elections and the presence of controversial candidates.

“A preparatory meeting took place a few weeks ago in Tripoli”, the Libyan capital, affirmed Mr. Faki, before concluding: “The departure of the mercenaries has been requested, (…) the Libyans must necessarily speak to each other , I believe that this is a prerequisite for going to elections in a peaceful country”.

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