Brotherhood of Libya Refuses to Organize the Presidential Elections on Time

In a press conference, Vice-President of the State Council of Libya, Omar Bushah, said that holding the Libyan presidential elections on the scheduled date at the end of this month “would disrupt the entire political process.”

Bushah, who is affiliated with the Brotherhood, spoke of the absence of any constitutional or legal controls organizing the management of the stage, the conditions of tension and lack of trust between the parties and external interference.

He said that this initiative comes to “get out of this blockage and avoid slipping into the unknown”, based on holding presidential elections based on the list system, whereby the list includes candidates for the positions of the president, his two deputies and the prime minister.

He stated that the Council is presenting what he described as an “initiative” based on postponing the presidential elections and making them coincide with the holding of the parliamentary elections in February 2022.

The Brotherhood controls the State Council in Libya, and is headed by Khaled Al-Mashri, who always describes himself as the “Brotherhood”.

The assembly, which was not elected by the Libyan people, was a tool in the hands of the Brotherhood against the House of Representatives, the only elected body in Libya.

Al-Mashri and other members of the State Council had previously expressed their refusal to hold the presidential elections on time.

They say that electing a president makes it difficult for the Brotherhood to use manipulation and bribery methods, as in the case of Parliament, which can subject a number of its members to bargaining.

Analysts say that the Brotherhood refuses to elect the head of state directly from the people, and seeks to elect him through the upcoming parliament to control his decision.

In recent days, indications of the Brotherhood’s refusal and militias affiliated with them to hold the elections have increased, as they stormed the headquarters of the Electoral Commission in the capital, Tripoli, and organized protests against the presidential elections.


Arab Observer

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