The United Nations stated that participants at Libya’s UN-sponsored peace discussions have agreed a list of candidates looking for leading a transitional government that would prepare the North African state for a national election at the end of 2021.
The transitional government would supervise preparations for the vote that seeks to stop a decade of chaos and conflict that hammered its Libya’s vital oil exports on which the country’s economy depends.
Indeed, the 75 participants at discussions in Switzerland, including regional and tribal personalities, and representatives of political factions, would vote next week to choose a three-person presidential council and a prime minister. According to the UN list released on Saturday, they would choose from 24 candidates for the three presidential council posts. Whereas, 21 people are competing for the post of prime minister.
As UN-backed discussions have make progress, several Libyans are fear that competition for posts could lead to a fresh fighting, unscrambling a ceasefire that has largely held since October.
It should indicate that Libya has been riven since Muammar Gaddafi was fallen in 2011, who was one of many autocrats ousted after decades of rule during rebellions that occurred at the Arab world. Since 2014, control of Libya has been divided between an internationally-recognized government in the west, based in the capital Tripoli, and its opponents based in Benghazi in the east.
Each side has also struggled with internal divisions, while armed groups have controlled the main state institutions.
Thus, participants at the UN discussions approved a formula for voting on the candidates for the transitional government this month. The list of the agreed candidates includes Aguila Saleh, head of the eastern-based parliament, while they also include the GNA’s Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha, Defense Minister Saleh Namroush and Deputy Prime Minister Ahmed Maiteeg.