Libya’s rivals fail to agree on how to name government: UN

CAIRO (AP) — Libya’s rivals failed to agree on a mechanism to choose a transitional government that would lead the conflict-stricken country to elections in December next year, the United Nations (UN) said on Tuesday.

UN Acting Envoy for Libya Stephanie Williams told an online meeting for the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum that she would form an advisory committee to help bridge the gaps among the participants and “make concrete progress”.

The 75-member forum reached an agreement to hold presidential and Parliamentary elections on December 24, 2021. However, it failed to break the deadlock on the selection mechanism for the executive authority despite six online meetings since their face-to-face talks in Tunisia in November, Williams said. “So far you collectively continue to struggle to agree on a way forward,” she told the attendees.

“The clock is ticking, and we have a collective responsibility before the Libyan people to advance this process so as to fulfil a key objective of the roadmap, which is enabling and making a reality, the holding of the elections.”