World Powers Call for Support for December 24 Elections in Libya

Leaders from several countries gathered in Paris on November 12 for a conference on Libya and threatened sanctions against those they termed "spoilers" of scheduled December 24 presidential elections, Deutsche Welle reports.

The United Nations-backed plan schedules elections next month for the North African country, which has been in a state of chaos since a popular uprising led to NATO militarily supporting the overthrow of dictator Moammar Gadhafi in 2011.

Hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron, the conference was attended by heads of state, government and foreign ministers, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and United States Vice President Kamala Harris among them. The leaders of Libya, Egypt and Italy were also on hand.

A statement after the conference called in part for "all Libyan stakeholders to mobilize resolutely in favor of the organization of free, fair, inclusive and credible presidential and legislative elections on December 24, 2021".

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Libya continues to struggle to recover from conflict and insecurity (file photo).

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