A political dialogue of dozens of Libyan delegates after ceasefire deal between rival parties

Dozens of Libyan delegates started on Monday a political discussion through video conference as a step towards making elections after a ceasefire deal between warring parties in the North African country.

The UN mission in Libya declared that the political discussions would facilitate the way for a direct, in person meeting of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) on November 9 in the Tunisian capital. It said that the goal of the LPDF would be to generate consensus on a unified governance framework and arrangements that will lead to holding national elections.

In fact, Libya’s competing administrations have signed on Friday a complete and permanent ceasefire agreement with immediate effect after five days of discussions in Geneva. It should be noted that Libya plunged into chaos after the NATO-backed overthrow of leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

Armed groups and divided between two bitterly-opposed administrations have controlled the country, while a Tripoli-based Government of National Accord and another in the east supported by military general Khalifa Haftar.

The videoconference of Monday comes at time of an overwhelming sense of hope emerged in Libya after the signing of the permanent ceasefire agreement, the UN mission said.

It also related that 75 Libyan figures were participating, including representatives of its competing parliaments and civil society activists, many of them were women. Whereas high-ranking officials were not participated.

UN mission said that participants were drawn from different constituencies, based on the principles of inclusivity, fair geographic, ethnic, political, tribal, and social representation, it added that during the online consultation meeting on Monday participants… will be briefed on the intra-Libyan economic and military tracks facilitated by UNSMIL.

He also said: They will also hear the recommendations emerged from the consultative meetings with mayors, and representatives of women and youth groups. UNSMIL demanded to participants to shoulder their responsibility before the Libyan people and engage constructively and in good faith in the talks and to uphold the interests of Libya.

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