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UN envoy Ghassan Salame hopes for Libya elections ‘by end of 2018’

Ghassan Salame during a meeting with southern Libyan groups in Tripoli on February 7, 2018. (Reuters)

UN envoy Ghassan Salame said Wednesday he hoped for elections in Libya by the end of 2018 but that conditions in the strife-torn country were not yet ready for polling.

“There are several conditions. For the time being, we have only achieved one: the start of voter registration,” the UN envoy for Libya told a news conference in Tripoli.

Last September, Salame submitted an action plan to stabilize Libya centered on holding legislative and presidential elections this year. “All the conditions have not been met,” he said, stressing an electoral law still needed to be adopted and the security situation was not ready.

“The most important thing is to secure the acceptance of all parties of the election results” ahead of polling, which he hoped could be held “by the end of 2018”.

Salame played down the prospects of a disarmament program, estimating at 20 million the number of weapons in the hands of Libya’s six million population.

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Last Update: Thursday, 8 February 2018 KSA 08:35 - GMT 05:35
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