In a speech to the United Nations annual meeting of world leaders in New York on Thursday, Al-Manfi said that the conference aims to ensure international support in a “united and coherent manner” and restore a sense of Libyan leadership and ownership over the country’s future.
He added, “We are facing real challenges and rapid developments that push us from a position of responsibility to think of more realistic and practical options, avoiding the dangers of blockage in the political process that may undermine the electoral process we are looking forward to and bring us back to square one.”
Getting mercenaries out is a challenge
On the presence of foreign elements in Libya, Al-Manfi said: “The problem of removing foreign forces and mercenaries from the country remains a real challenge. We call on the international community to assume its responsibilities in expelling the mercenaries, as this is an important challenge that contributes to holding the elections.”
On the other hand, several Libyan cities, including “the capital, Tripoli, Misurata, Gharyan, Al-Zawiya, Zliten, Al-Khums, and others” witnessed demonstrations and mass gatherings rejecting the House of Representatives’ decision to withdraw confidence from the national unity government, and strongly criticizing Parliament.
The demonstrators, who gathered in Martyrs Square in central Tripoli, and the squares and squares of other cities, raised slogans and banners in support of the government’s continuation of its work until reaching the elections, and denouncing the parliament’s decision to withdraw confidence from it.
Italy warns against holding elections
And Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio warned of the risk of Libya slipping into instability if elections were not held.
Di Maio said in an interview with an Italian government channel, that “the situation on the ground in Libya is not excellent, but the international community is fully aware that the Libyan people want elections to be held in Libya.” (agencies)