Top Diplomat Restates EU Commitment to Libya’s Electoral Process

European Union Chief diplomat Josep Borrell said Wednesday in Tripoli that the bloc is “ready to do more” to assist Libya organise elections planned for December 2021.

This is coming after Ambassador of the European Union Delegation to Libya, Jose Antonio Sabadell expressed optimism last week towards the upcoming polls and called on the EU for support.

Borrell singled out “reform of the security area” as one field where Brussels could help, following its disintegration and replacement with a patchwork of militias and armed groups since the toppling of dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

The oil-rich country split between two rival administrations backed by foreign forces and militia groups.

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But after eastern strongman Khalifa Haftar’s forces were routed from the country’s west last year, the two camps signed a ceasefire in Geneva in October and an interim government was established earlier this year to lead Libya towards polls.

The lack of a constitutional framework, however, has called the vote into question as tensions resurface.

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