A political process put on hold and at risk

Storm Daniel naturally cut discussions to unify Libya’s executive authority short, and there are concerns that it will help save the country’s status quo by indefinitely postponing the political process.

Prior to the floods, there were some notable attempts to bring forward the political process, with the SRSG holding new consultations with Dabaiba, Haftar, the High National Elections Commission (HNEC) Director Emad al-Sayeh, the High Council of State (HCS) Chairman Mohamed Takala, and the 5+5 Joint Military Commission (JMC) to discuss the electoral process, the conclusion of the 6+6 joint committee’s work, and the need for a unified army and government in Libya.

However, the impact of Abdoulaye Bathily on the political process remained lacking due to vague positions and unclear objectives. Instead, it was the 6+6 joint committee which made a notable announcement saying it had finalised and signed an amended final version of draft electoral laws after initial drafts were criticised.

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