The Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Living Abroad, Nasser Bourita, assured that the conclusions of the meeting of the mixed commission (6+6) charged by the House of Representatives and the High Council of he State of the drafting of electoral laws for the legislative and presidential elections in Libya, constitutes an important step in the process aimed at finding a definitive solution to the Libyan crisis.
In his speech during the closing session of the commission’s work, which continued for two weeks in Bouznika, the minister considered that this stage could be decisive if it is accompanied for the implementation of the compromises, the Chamber of Representatives and the Libyan High Council of State being the only ones authorized to pronounce on the questions related to the organization of the elections, noting that the two Libyan authorities accomplished, within the framework of the 6+6 commission, the missions which were allocated by the political agreement signed in Skhirat in 2016.
Welcoming the spirit of responsibility of the members of the commission throughout the exchanges, the minister, who took part in this closing session alongside the member of the House of Representatives, Jalal Shwehdi, and the member of the High Council of State , Omar Abu Lifa, noted that the presence at this dialogue of the presidents of the Libyan House of Representatives and High Council of State, Aguila Saleh and Khaled Al-Mishri, contributed positively to the progress of the discussions and to the identification of promising prospects with a view to reaching further compromises.
These compromises, he continued, relating to the main issues related to the preparation of the elections, placed the interest of Libya and good practices in the organization of elections at the center of the concerns, able to organize global elections based on precise criteria, the results of which will be accepted by all.
After noting that these discussions were marked by the examination of issues related to the Libyan reality which requires innovation, due to the conviction of the speakers that the elections are an important step to get Libya out of the impasse, Bourita indicated that these laws will be officially signed in the coming days, stressing that the compromises between the Libyan parties require support with a view to providing more details on certain issues and agreeing on certain details for the smooth implementation of these laws.
The objective of the agreement will not be achieved if it is not accompanied by a real political will aimed at the application of these provisions, he argued, expressing his wish that these laws be a beginning of the process of organizing elections, settling the question of legitimacy in Libya and setting up legitimate institutions that work in favor of the Libyans and the preservation of the interests of the country.
He also recalled that the Kingdom, on the instructions of King Mohammed VI, once again ensured a platform for dialogue for the Libyan brothers far from any pressure or disturbance in order to find compromises that serve the interests of their countries.
And to insist that Morocco, which has expressed the Kingdom’s desire to host all Libyan dialogues, has the ultimate conviction that elections are the only solution to the crisis in Libya, that the electoral process cannot succeed without the involvement of all Libyans, and that this solution can only come from the Libyans themselves.
As a reminder, the “6+6” mixed commission, charged by the Libyan House of Representatives and Council of State with preparing the electoral laws, announced during this closing ceremony of its work that its members reached a compromise on the laws governing the presidential and parliamentary elections scheduled for the end of the year.
The Bouznika meeting is part of the extension of the series of meetings hosted by the Kingdom, bringing together the various Libyan parties with a view to deepening the dialogue on the ways and means to lead to the resolution of the crisis in this country. , following an approach that provides the right space for dialogue and constructive consultation.
These meetings gave rise to important agreements favorable to the settlement process, led by the Skhirat agreement (2015), the agreement between the speaker of the House of Representatives, Akila Saleh, and the president of the High Council of Libyan State, Khalid El Machri in October 2022 on the implementation of the results of the Bouznika process regarding the positions of sovereignty and the unification of the executive power.