Libya elections 2018: the missing ingredient

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Publication Date 01/06/2018
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Central to the action plan for Libya presented by United Nations envoy Ghassan Salamé to the United Nations General Assembly in September 2017, and the P3+3 Grouping in May 2018 was for elections to take place sooner rather than later.

Separately, France pursued their own initiative to get elections in Libya before the end of 2018.

However, the author of this commentary feature argued that hurrying Libyans to an early vote could prove counter-productive unless European powers unified and took action on problems now.

In a separate briefing from the International Crisis Group the authors said: Four main Libyan leaders meet in Paris on 29 May 2018 to sign a roadmap to peace, including 2018 elections with united international backing. But with Libya’s UN-backed peace process at risk from the meeting's format and the accord that France has brokered, the sides should instead commit to a broader declaration of principles'.

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Chatham House: Video, 12.10.17: Explainer: How the UN Plans to Unite Libya (et al)
LSE European Institute: EuroppBlog, 21.03.18: Short-termist and self-defeating: Assessing the EU’s response to the crisis in Libya
European Council on Foreign Relations: Commentary, 18.04.18: Libya after Haftar?
Al Jazeera, 29.05.18: Libya's rival leaders agree to hold elections in December
UN: UNSMIL: Statement, 30.05.18: Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Libya
UN: United Nations Support Mission for Libya (UNSMIL)
International Crisis Group: Briefing, No.58, 28 May 2018: Making the Best of France’s Libya Summit
Al-Monitor, 26.07.18: Italian-French competition over Libya pushing country toward more chaos
New African, 11.06.18: Can Libya break its vicious cycle?
ECFR: Policy Brief, July 2018: Order from chaos: Stabilising Libya the local way

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