The Libyan Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah held those whom he described as obstructors responsible for "aborting elections that were scheduled in Libya a year ago."

Dbeibah said on Twitter on the occasion of the 71st anniversary of Libya's independence that he felt sad that 2.5 million Libyans were deprived on December 24 of their right to elect their representatives.

"The obstructors who benefited from hijacking the decision of Libyans nearly 10 years ago bear responsibility for this crime. We agree with Libya's international partners on the need to expedite the holding of elections." He said.

Saturday was the first anniversary of the scheduled presidential elections that were supposed to be held for the first time in the history of Libya. The vote was put on hold.