Libyan parliamentary elections postponed to January: Parliament | political news

A parliamentary spokesman says the presidential elections in December will be the priority as the vote on the legislation is postponed by 30 days.

Parliamentary elections in Libya have been postponed to January, the country’s eastern parliament has said, rather than being held on December 24 as planned.

“The election for the members of the House of Representatives will take place 30 days after the presidential election,” parliament spokesman Abdullah Bliheg said at a news conference on Tuesday.

Elections should help unite the country after years of conflict and division, but disputes over their legal and constitutional basis have size of the split between the east and west of the country.

The House of Representatives, based in the eastern city of Tobruk, disagrees on electoral laws with a rival body, the equivalent of the Libyan Senate, in the western city of Tripoli.

Bliheg said holding the presidential election was the priority, leading to the move to postpone the legislative vote.

“In recent years, the country has failed to stabilize itself through the parliamentary system,” he said.

“It was necessary to organize the presidential elections as soon as possible.”

Libya has endured a decade of conflict since the 2011 fall of former leader Muammar Gaddafi in a NATO-backed insurgency that unleashed a complex civil war that drew multiple foreign powers.

A historic ceasefire between eastern and western camps last year, following a failed year-long attempt by eastern-based renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar to take Tripoli, paved the way for a UN-backed peace process.

The Tripoli-based unity government of interim Prime Minister Abdulhamid Dbeibah took office in March with the mandate to lead the country into December elections.

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