Rival Libyan Leaders Attend Summit in Paris, Agree to Peaceful Elections

Rival Libyan Leaders Attend Summit in Paris, Agree to Peaceful Elections

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ISIS IN ACTION

On 23 May, ISIS claimed responsibility for the two attacks that occurred in the Oil Crescent on May 22 – a suicide vehicle-borne improved explosive device (SVBIED) targeted the Libyan National Army (LNA) 152 Brigade Gate 60 south-east of Ajdabiya, while gunmen attacked an LNA checkpoint north of Awjilah kidnapping two guards. No details have been given as to the state of the two LNA fighters kidnapped at the checkpoint North of Awjilah. In response to the attacks, the al-Bayda Security Directorate has initiated a security plan for the city during the month of Ramadan. The plan will see an increase in the security personnel at commercial locations and an increase in the number of checkpoints at entries to the city.

WESTERN RESPONSE

On 29 May, French President Emmanuel Macron hosted a Libya summit in Paris designed to bring together Government of National Accord (GNA) Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj, President of the House of Representatives (HoR) Agilah Saleh, President of the High Council of State (HCS) Khaled Mishri, and General Commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Khalifa Haftar. All four men attended the meeting, despite the HCS initially setting out pre-conditions for participation that included an immediate ceasefire in Derna.

After the meeting, it was announced that the four leaders had agreed to hold ‘credible, peaceful’ parliamentary and presidential elections on 10 December 2018, and to respect the results of the election. They also agreed that by 16 September 2018, they would establish the ’constitutional basis’ for elections though Serraj clarified that it had not been decided whether this would mean amending existing legislation or approving a new constitution. The 8-point final declaration (the draft was 11 points) was endorsed, but not signed, by the four men. It includes commitments to ‘phasing out parallel government and institutions’ and unifying the Central Bank of Libya (CBL).

Libya-Analysis is the most read independent English-language blog on Libyan affairs. It is run by Jason Pack, founder of EyeOnISISinLibya.com and researcher of World History at Cambridge University

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