The Acting Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Libya, Stephanie Williams, announced the establishment of the advisory committee emanating from the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum.
The mission added in a statement that it decided to expand the committee to 18 members, to ensure geographical and political diversity and the participation of women, youth and cultural components.
The statement continued, “The United Nations Support Mission in Libya received a total of 28 nominations and recommendations from the forum. The mission commends the enthusiasm shown by the forum members in the nomination and recommendation process.”
The UN mission added in its statement that the mandate of the advisory committee will be limited in time, and its main task will be to discuss the choice of a unified executive authority, and to make concrete and practical recommendations.
She added that the elections will be held on schedule, on December 24th.
On December 18, the United Nations Support Mission in Libya announced the formation of a legal committee, consisting of members of the Forum for Political Dialogue, to draft a law for the elections scheduled for late 2021.
In mid-November, the Libyan Dialogue Forum announced an agreement to hold general elections in December 2021.
Libya has suffered for years from a split in the legislative and executive bodies, which resulted in an armed conflict that claimed civilian lives, as well as massive material damage.