On Wednesday, the United Nations acting Libya envoy declared that Tunis’s political discussions on Libya’s future reached a light, which facilitates elections within 18 months.
At a news conference in Tunis, Stephanie Williams declared that the participants reached a preliminary deal about a roadmap to parliamentary and presidential elections that contains steps to unite Libya’s institutions. She also said that Tuesday’s heinous killing of opponent lawyer Hanan al-Barassi in the eastern city of Benghazi showed that there was a crisis of accountability across Libya.
Indeed, after years of ruin and war in Libya, with the main institutions held by rival factions divided by political, regional and ideological divisions, and foreign powers pouring in arms, several Libyans have a doubt about the peacemaking efforts.
Nevertheless, the Tunis discussions that started on Monday came after a ceasefire made last month between the main warring parties, the internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) in the west and the eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA).