Libya… The Supreme Council of State refuses to hold elections without consensus, describing it as a farce

The head of the Supreme Council of State in Libya, Khaled Al-Mashri, renewed the council’s refusal to hold presidential and parliamentary elections in the country without consensual laws.

Al-Mashri described the electoral process as meager, and said that the parliament will not participate in legitimizing this “farce”, and its positions will be reflected through legal measures that it will take.

Al-Mashri stated that the Supreme Council of State will not allow any internal or external party to hold it responsible for obstructing the elections.

The head of the Supreme Council of State explained that whoever obstructed the elections was the one who issued flawed laws that violate the Constitutional Declaration, the Political Agreement and the Road Map, as he put it.

On the other hand, the head of the Libyan High National Elections Commission, Imad al-Sayeh, said that the presidential election candidacy law requires that a candidate not be judged definitively for a felony or misdemeanor.

Al-Sayeh added in a press conference that the interpretation of Article 12 of the electoral law is up to the judiciary if one of the candidates files an appeal against another candidate.

Al-Sayeh explained that the appeal against the presidential candidates is possible in any judicial circuit in Libya, and that the law gave the appellant the right to appeal in any court in the country.

In turn, Jeffrey DiLaurentis, the deputy US ambassador to the United Nations, called on the Libyan government of national unity to take all possible measures to secure the arrest and extradition of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of ousted leader Muammar Gaddafi, and the rest of those wanted by the International Criminal Court.

The US official stressed the need not to allow perpetrators of grave violations of human rights, war crimes and crimes to continue to practice violations.

Spokesman for the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Stephane Dujarric, confirmed that the UN Special Envoy to Libya, Jan Kubis, submitted his resignation to Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who accepted it and is working to appoint a suitable replacement.

A diplomatic source told Al Jazeera that the United Nations had informally proposed to members of the Security Council British diplomat Nicholas Kay to replace Kubis.

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