Libya has failed to hold its first-ever presidential elections as scheduled in December, a major blow to international efforts to end decade-long chaos in the oil-rich Mediterranean nation.
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The parliamentary committee charged with overseeing the election recommended laying out a “new, realistic and applicable roadmap, with defined stages.”
Five Western nations have said they would continue to recognise Libya's interim government after its presidential election was delayed, but called for a new polling date to be swiftly set.
Dozens of MPs called Libyans to take the streets after a parliamentary committee postponed the vote and suggested January 24 as a new date.
Libya’s upcoming presidential vote - or its absence - could force a U-turn back towards violence, as elections often do in fragile contexts.
Gaddafi, who registered to run on November 14, was among 25 candidates whose bids have been rejected from running in the December 24 election.
Jan Kubis had succeeded Ghassan Salame, who quit his position in March last year due to stress.
Saif al Islam Gaddafi has submitted his papers to contest elections, but many see that as the slippery slope towards autocracy.
Saddam Haftar visited Tel Aviv last week for a secret meeting, Haaretz reports, hinting at a deal in which the Haftars offer Israel normalisation of ties in exchange for military and diplomatic support.
Libya is hosting an international conference aimed at resolving key issues ahead of the polls, including maintaining a ceasefire, uniting the country’s many armed groups under a single security body, and the withdrawal of foreign fighters.
The elections would be a critical step in international efforts to bring stability to Libya, which has been in turmoil since a 2011 NATO-backed uprising against late leader Muammar Gaddafi.
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