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  Libyan factions agree to hold elections on 10 December
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  May 30, 2018 09:01pm
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AuthorPatrick Wintour
News DateWednesday, May 30, 2018 05:50:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionThe four key leaders in war-torn Libya have agreed at a summit in Paris to an ambitious, and potentially unrealistic, plan to stage “credible, peaceful” parliamentary and legislative elections in the country on 10 December.

Emmanuel Macron, the French president and the summit’s host, hailed the agreement as a turning point in efforts to bring about reconciliation in Libya, saying it represented a new impetus to restore Libya’s sovereignty.

“We now have clear commitments for the country, an approved calendar for parliamentary and presidential elections,” he said.

The parties also agreed that by 16 September they would establish the constitutional basis for elections and adopt the necessary electoral laws.

The key passage reads: “We pledge … to work constructively with the United Nations to hold credible and peaceful elections on December 10 and to respect the results of the elections.”

The statement is endorsed, but not signed, by Fayez al-Sarraj, the prime minister of Libya’s UN-backed government in Tripoli; the military leader of the east of the country, Khalifa Haftar; the president of the house of representatives, Aguila Saleh; and the head of the council of state, Khaled al-Mishri.
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