UN Envoy Says Libyan Officials Don’t Want to Hold Elections

Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya and head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya Abdoulaye Bathily. (UN mission)
Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya and head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya Abdoulaye Bathily. (UN mission)
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UN Envoy Says Libyan Officials Don’t Want to Hold Elections

Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya and head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya Abdoulaye Bathily. (UN mission)
Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya and head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya Abdoulaye Bathily. (UN mission)

Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya and head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya Abdoulaye Bathily declared on Saturday that he has “the worst job in the world” after accusing the majority of Libyan officials of not wanting to hold the delayed presidential and parliamentary elections.

In an interview to France’s Jeune Afrique, the envoy acknowledged foreign interference in Libya, saying officials were exploiting this to conceal their failures.

The envoy underlined the need to hold elections to produce a unified authority and elect one president and one parliament.

Without this, the country will face more division, he warned.

The problem is that the majority of Libyan leaders don’t want to hold elections and don’t want stability to be restored, Bathily lamented.

They only care about making gains from oil revenues, he charged.

In addition, he said the mistrust between the east-based parliament and the High Council of State had obstructed attempts to draft electoral laws, he said.

He revealed that his attempts to bring together to dialogue parliament Speaker Aguila Saleh, High Council of State President Mohammed Takala, head of the interim Government of National Unity (GNU) Abdulhamid al-Dbeibah, head of the Presidential Council Mohammed al-Menfi, and Libyan National Army (LNA) commander Khalifa Haftar have faced “a lot of resistance.”

Bathily stressed that the UN doesn’t want for the elections to lead to more instability or bloodshed in Libya.

The Libyans must be able to have a voice, but in order to do so, the leaders of this country must decide to assume their responsibilities, he went on to say.

They must cease their constant excuses that foreign meddling in Libya was preventing the crisis from being resolved, he urged.

Moreover, Bathily noted that Libya continues to produce 1.2 million barrels of oil per day, which is a massive amount for a country of 6 million people and which boasts massive capabilities.

Several countries are therefore, concerned about the fate of Libya, he remarked.

Furthermore, Bathily said the conflict that erupted between Israel and Haman on October 7 had further complicated his already difficult mission.

He added that his goal for the withdrawal of Sudanese, Chadian and Nigerien gunmen from Libya became more “complicated” after the eruption of the conflict in Sudan in mid-April.



Israel Bombs Gaza after US Criticizes High Civilian Toll

Palestinians inspect at the site of an Israeli strike on a house, amid the Israel-Hamas conflict, in the central Gaza Strip, July 16, 2024. REUTERS/Ramadan Abed
Palestinians inspect at the site of an Israeli strike on a house, amid the Israel-Hamas conflict, in the central Gaza Strip, July 16, 2024. REUTERS/Ramadan Abed
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Israel Bombs Gaza after US Criticizes High Civilian Toll

Palestinians inspect at the site of an Israeli strike on a house, amid the Israel-Hamas conflict, in the central Gaza Strip, July 16, 2024. REUTERS/Ramadan Abed
Palestinians inspect at the site of an Israeli strike on a house, amid the Israel-Hamas conflict, in the central Gaza Strip, July 16, 2024. REUTERS/Ramadan Abed

Israel renewed its bombardment of the Gaza Strip Tuesday, after the United States renewed its criticism of its ally over the high civilian casualty toll of the war.

Residents told AFP of Israeli warplanes striking central Gaza and artillery fire hitting the territory's south, while medics said they pulled multiple bodies from the rubble of the latest bombardment.

Hours earlier, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told two top Israeli officials that casualties among Palestinian civilians "still remain unacceptably high".

"We continue to see far too many civilians killed in this conflict," spokesman Matthew Miller said after Blinken meth Strategic Affairs Minister Ron Dermer and National Security Adviser Tzachi Hanegbi.

Washington has been pushing for a truce between Israel and Hamas.

But Hamas political leader Ismail Haniyeh said Sunday that the group was pulling out of indirect talks for a deal in protest at recent Israeli "massacres", including a massive strike on Sunday that the health ministry in Hamas-run Gaza said killed at least 92 people.

Haniyeh said Hamas stood ready to return to the indirect talks once Israel "demonstrates seriousness in reaching a ceasefire agreement and a prisoner exchange deal".

After the latest deadly strikes, medics from the Palestinian Red Crescent said they recovered four bodies from a house outside the southern city of Khan Yunis and another from Nuseirat camp in the central Gaza.

The Israeli military said that over the previous 24 hours its air force struck "approximately 40 terror targets" in Gaza. They included "sniping posts, observation posts, Hamas military structures, terror infrastructure, and buildings rigged with explosives".

It said its troops were also continuing targeted raids in the far-southern city of Rafah and in the central Gaza Strip.