ASRSG Stephanie Williams holds a virtual LPDF meeting following the voting on proposals for a selection mechanism for the unified executive authority
Following the conclusion of the consultation process that took place on Thursday and Friday 3-4 December 2020, during which the members of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) cast votes to select one of the presented proposals for a selection mechanism for the unified executive authority, Acting Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Libya Stephanie Williams hosted today, 5 December, a virtual meeting to inform the LPDF participants of the results of the voting process and to discuss the way forward.
ASRSG Williams praised the significant progress made by the LPDF participants in their determination to participate in the process and announced the following results:
- 71 LPDF members participated in the process; one member was unable to participate for health-related reasons and three members abstained.
- 39 LPDF members voted for proposal number 2
- 24 LPDF members voted for proposal number 3
- 8 LPDF members voted for proposal number 10
The ASRSG reaffirmed UNSMIL’s commitment to and respect for the decision of the LPDF members taken during the recent in-person meeting in Tunisia, according to which decisions should be reached on a consensual basis. Today’s meeting witnessed a high degree of constructive engagement by the LPDF members and a desire to press forward for the sake of the Libyan people. The ASRSG announced that a virtual session will be held in the coming days to discuss the next steps based on the very productive suggestions presented by many of the LPDF members in today’s session.
ASRSG Williams praised the LPDF members’ continuing commitment – as announced in the in-person LPDF meeting in Tunis -- to the holding of national elections on 24 December 2021 and to hold accountable those institutions responsible for creating the necessary conditions. She underlined the importance of the work that is being undertaken by the High National Elections Commission (HNEC) in preparing for these elections, welcomed the decision of the Government to allocate budget for the HNEC to start the preparations, and urged for the immediate disbursal of the promised funds. She also emphasized the progress achieved in the economic track, in particular, the anticipated upcoming meeting of the Board of Directors of the Central Bank of Libya, which is expected to tackle the unification of the exchange rate.
Finally, the ASRSG welcomed ongoing efforts by the House of Representatives to meet and called on the members of the HoR and the High Council of State to work constructively with the LPDF to pave the way towards the reunification of institutions as stipulated by the LPDF Roadmap.
UNSMIL believes that all of these positive developments demonstrate that there is a bottom-up constituency for change that is propelling national and sovereign institutions to restore Libya’s sovereignty and meet the needs and aspirations of the Libyan people.