Libyan Prime Minister Abdul-Hamed Dbeibah on Monday said his government is ready to hold general elections in the year 2023.
“The Government of National Unity and the National Elections Commission are fully prepared to hold the national elections in Libya,” Dbeibah said during a cabinet meeting.
“The year 2023 is the year of elections, the year of uniting civil institutions, sectors, and organizations, and supporting national figures whose demand and the goal is to hold successful elections,” Dbeibah said.
Libya failed to hold general elections in December 2021 as previously scheduled due to disagreements over election laws among the Libyan parties.
The prime minister also stressed that his government’s priorities include achieving development in Libya and avoiding armed conflict and war.
Libya is currently divided between a government appointed by the House of Representatives (parliament) and the Tripoli-based Government of National Unity which only agrees to hand over power to an elected government.
On Saturday, Abdoulaye Bathily, the special representative of the UN Secretary-General for Libya, expressed hope that elections would be held in Libya in 2023.
“I hope 2023 will be a year to make up for lost opportunities and find a lasting solution that paves the way for holding elections and building sustainable peace and prosperity in Libya,” Bathily said.
Since the fall of the late leader Muammar Gaddafi’s regime in 2011, Libya has struggled to make a democratic transition amid escalating violence and political division.