Libyan parliament says no elections, moves to choose new prime minister

Disputes over validity of the government and how and when elections should hold threaten to undermine Libya’s fragile peace.

Libya’s eastern-based parliament voted on Monday that there would be no elections this year and it would choose a new interim prime minister on Thursday.

The parliament was potentially setting up a new factional struggle over control of the government, which has been working on a political roadmap since the collapse in December of a planned election process amid disputes over the vote’s rules and constitutional basis.

The internationally recognised Government of National Unity (GNU), which was installed a year ago through a U.N.-backed peace process, says its mandate was still valid and that it has no intention of stepping aside.

It was not yet clear whether that meant Libya was moving towards a new division between rival warring administrations or to another phase of negotiations as the political and military elite reconfigures their alliances to maintain power.

However, disputes over the validity of the government and how and when elections should happen threaten to undermine the fragile peace that has held in Libya since the collapse of an eastern assault on Tripoli in summer 2020.

Under the roadmap, Libyan political institutions would first amend the constitutional declaration that has served as Libya’s de facto interim constitution since the 2011 revolution and offer it to referendum.

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