The new Head of the High Council of State (HCS), Mohammed Takala, said on Sunday that the next period would be for preparing for elections, activating national reconciliation, reuniting Libyans, and striking confidence among them.

In a video statement after his election, Takala said Libya was exposed to many international and regional interferences, and "the Middle East and Africa were going through instability that Libya is part of."

He called on all state institutions to communicate and work together to create a constructive environment and to strike confidence among Libyans, contrary to their political orientations, as this would be a source of wealth and strength for building a solidary society.

Takala indicated that the term of his presidency would see work on national reconciliation based on the provisions of the Libyan Political Agreement, as it would be the best way toward Libya's stability and holding as well as accepting elections.

Takala won the presidency of the HCS on Sunday after obtaining 67 votes, compared to 62 votes for his rival, Khalid Al-Mishri, who was in office for five successive terms since his election for the first time on April 4, 2018.