Political stalemate in Libya

Europe is closely following the repercussions of the political stalemate that has characterised the Libyan political landscape since the expiry of the mandate of the Unified Executive Authority (GNA and CP).

This has taken the form of strong popular protest which has demanded, during the various demonstrations that occurred on July 1st, the departure of the political class, the abolition of the current Institutions, and in particular the two Governments of Abdul Hamid al-Dbeibeh and Fathi Ali Abdul Salam Bashagha, as well as the House of Representatives (CR) the High Council of State (HCE), and which calls the intervention of the Presidential Council (PC) to take control of the political process through the declaration of the state of emergency in the country.

The aforementioned action by the Presidential Council, which succeeded in distancing itself from the political quarrels between the clan of the west and that of the east, aimed at ending the institutional fragmentation and the failure of the political process, was among the key demands expressed by a wide range of political parties, tribal and civil society actors, as well as Libyan citizens, before and during the demonstrations of July 1st.

It was widely noted that the CP published a press release on July 2nd in which it stressed that it continues to meet in a permanent manner until the fulfilment of the will of the Libyan people in the production of an elected authority. This declaration shows a predisposition of Mohamed Yunus al-Menfi (pictured) to activate his prerogatives as President of the State and Supreme Leader of the Libyan Army.

As a result, support for the steps that the CP plans to take is generally considered highly desirable because it constitutes a real alternative to the current Libyan actors who have failed three times (December 24th, 2021, January 24th, 2022, and June 21st, 2022) to hold elections likely to put an end to the succession of transition phases and to renew the legitimacy of the Institutions through the ballot box, with a view to perpetuating their existence on the Libyan scene.

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