UN advisers discuss election preparations in

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterre’s Special Adviser to Libya, Stephanie Williams, met with the head of Libya’s Electoral Commission, Emad El-Sayeh, to discuss preparations for the country’s election commissions.

The two sides agreed to support Libya’s High National Electoral Commission (HNEC) “to keep it ready to hold” the vote, the commission said in a statement.

Williams and El-Sayeh reviewed the situation related to the consensus among Libyan parties to hold the election in the near future, the statement said.

On Friday, the UN adviser said that representatives of the Tobruk-based parliament and Tripoli-based Supreme Council of Ministers, acting as a senate, will participate in the second round of Egypt’s hosting on May 15 to agree on constitutional arrangements to hold the votes.

The first round of talks was held in the Egyptian capital Cairo last month under UN auspices

Meanwhile, Khalid al-Mishri, the head of the Supreme Council of Ministers, will visit Cairo later Sunday for talks with Egyptian officials, a council member told Anadolu Agency.

Tensions have risen in Libya since parliament in March gave confidence to a new government led by Fathi Bashagha, a former interior minister, while Abdul Hamid Dbeibah insists on remaining in office as the country’s prime minister.

Libyans are waiting for the by-elections to take place in the hope that the vote will help put an end to years of armed conflict that have plagued the oil-rich country.

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