Al-Mishri expects 3-month delay for Libya elections
The Head of the Libyan High Council of State (HCS) Khalid Al-Mishri said it is likely that elections, slated for December 24, will be delayed for three months to reach consensus on their laws.
On the sidelines of a press event in Istanbul organized by the Center for Diplomacy and International Relations, Al-Mishri told Anadolu Agency that the HCS won't take part in elections or impede them, but it has already appealed the elections' laws at the court to rule on the High National Elections Commission's (HNEC) decisions.
He referred to the difficulty of filing the case against elections' laws of the House of Representatives (HoR) with the Supreme Court, saying the administrative judiciary is authorized to tackle appeals to decisions of the HNEC, and that the HCS won't hinder holding elections but has already called for boycotting them.
"If the participation percentage of voters is 0% at some polls, elections will be legally invalid." He said, adding that the Head of the HNEC, Emad Al-Sayeh, has adopted the elections laws of the HoR without waiting for the consent of the HCS because of personal issues as Al-Sayed thinks the HCS wants to dismiss him from his job position.
Al-Mishri said HoR elections' laws were made to lead Khalifa Haftar to presidency, even before the vote, adding that they violate the constitutional declaration, six Security Council resolutions, the political agreement, and Berlin I and II Conferences. He said France's push for holding elections on these flawed laws is only backed by Egypt "because Turkey and Italy reject such a move as it could lead to war and partition.
"I expect Abdul-Hamid Dbeibah can win with a majority vote in elections if they are held in a fair and transparent way. Haftar can only get 10% of the votes in elections, not more." Al-Mishri said.