start of inclusive discussions in disagreement about the participants

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A few days after the Geneva agreement on a permanent and immediate ceasefire in Libya, the UN Support Mission in Libya (Manul) announces the launch at video conference on Monday 26 October of a meeting to bring together 75 Libyan personalities to advance the Libyan political process and prepare for it. meeting scheduled for 9 November in Tunis. However, the list of participants is already divided.

This meeting is to record the change in the political system, which has been under discussion for several months, and to appoint a new head of government to replace Fayez el-Sarraj, who has resigned. But Sunday’s announcement of the list of participants immediately provoked a series of hostile reactions to the UN and its choices regarding the nature of the participants.

Thus, no party seems to find its account in the configuration announced for the inter-Libyan political meeting, and many are those who express their dissatisfaction and deny this list. The most virulent reaction came from the parliament of eastern Libya. The latter accuses Manul of wanting to install the Islamists in power.

Khaled Torjoman, at the head of one of the parties in Benghazi, claims that those who were elected against the Muslim Brotherhood “are no match” and “risk being complicit in front of them”.

Among the 75 personalities, 13 Parliament and 13 others represent the High Council of State led by the Muslim Brotherhood.

Many also condemn the presence of so-called independent personalities who in fact support the Islamist movement. For them, the meeting is only a “recycling of the same people responsible for the current crisis”.

The Dialogue Committee of the Government of National Unity is not happy either. It clings to the 2015 political agreement of Skhirat, which was originally valid for two years. They want to use it until the election.

Faced with this very difficult political dialogue, Stéphanie Williams, acting UN envoy to Libya, recalled that what matters is “what will result from this political meeting and not those who take part in it. “. She recalls that it is “more important to put national interest above any other personal, political or regional consideration”.

► See also: Libya: signing of a “permanent” and “immediate” ceasefire between the warring parties


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