2021 Libyan general election A 2021 Libyan general election
will be held on 24 December.
Elections had previously been planned for early 2019,
after having earlier been planned for 10 December 2018.
The elections are intended to consist of presidential and parliamentary elections.
2021 Libyan presidential election
2021 Libyan parliamentary election
All 200 seats up for election
101 seats needed for a majority
In a surprise offensive on 3 March 2017
, the Islamist-dominated Benghazi Defense Brigades seized a number of oil ports from the Libyan National Army
-backed House of Representatives.
On 7 March 2017, the ports were handed over to the Government of National Accord, prompting the House of Representatives to abandon the UN-brokered peace deal it had previously agreed to with that government, denouncing the BDB capture of the ports as "terrorist attacks".
The House then called for Libya's electoral commission to make "all the necessary arrangements to prepare for presidential and parliamentary elections before February 2018".
In May 2018, talks occurred in Paris, France, where leaders of the Government of National Accord
and representatives of Haftar's Libyan National Army agreed on establishing a legal framework by 16 September 2018 to hold elections in December.
In July, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian
visited Libya to speak with GNA Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj
on making sure the elections went forward, and announcing that France donated US$1 million for the election.
The Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte
stated in early August 2018 that he doubted that elections would be held at the end of the year, despite France's push,
and Italian ambassador to Libya Giuseppe Perrone echoed this view.
The Italian embassy in Tripoli later denied that Perrone was trying to delay the election after his statements were criticized by the Libyan House of Representatives. Ghassan Salamé
, the United Nations representative in Libya, stated that an election in December 2018 would be unlikely due to the ongoing fighting.
In November 2018, major Libyan political figures attended the two-day Palermo Conference
in an attempt to resolve the Libyan Conflict, but without a breakthrough.
According to resolution 8/2013 of the General National Congress
(GNC), the body responsible for the practical aspects of organising the elections is the High National Elections Commission
HNEC is expected to follow the procedures outlined in resolution 17/2013 of the GNC.
As of 2019, the HNEC Board consisted of Emad Alshadly al-Sayah, Rabab Mohammed Halab, Abdelhakim Alshaab Belkhair and Abubakr Ali Marda.
In 2019, Libyan Speaker of the House Aguila Saleh
announced that elections could be held in 2020.
On 16 September 2020, Fayez al-Sarraj stated that he would step down from his position by the end of October 2020. This took place after the first month of the start of the 2020 Libyan protests
in Tripoli, Benghazi
and other cities across Libya.
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