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UN official: Libya elections could be rescheduled for June

Jan. 17, 2022 16:47 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — A senior U.N. official said she is pushing for Libya to hold elections by June, after the county missed a December deadline to elect its first president since the 2011 ouster and killing of longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi. Stephanie Williams, the U.N. special adviser...

EXPLAINER: Libya future at stake after failing to hold vote

Dec. 29, 2021 10:34 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Libya failed to hold its first presidential election as planned this month, a major blow to international efforts to end a decade of chaos in the oil-rich Mediterranean country. The postponement of the Dec. 24 vote has opened up uncertainty over what comes next in the...

Libyan lawmakers meet over delayed presidential election

Dec. 27, 2021 15:11 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Libyan lawmakers met Monday to discuss the myriad challenges that forced a postponement of the long-awaited presidential election this month. The postponement was a major blow to international efforts to end a decade of chaos in the oil-rich North African country. The...

Groups call for protests against Libya's poll cancellation

Dec. 24, 2021 12:15 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Hundreds took to the streets in several Libyan cities to protest the cancellation of Friday's long-awaited presidential election, a blow to hopes of ending a decade of chaos in the oil-rich North African country. Several parliamentary candidates and political groups...

Libya parliament says 'impossible' to hold presidential vote

Dec. 22, 2021 12:48 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — A Libyan parliamentary committee said Wednesday that it has become “impossible” to hold the long-awaited presidential election in two days as scheduled, a major blow to international efforts to end a decade of chaos in the oil-rich country. The announcement was the...

Libya’s election faces uncertainty amid towering challenges

Dec. 15, 2021 02:29 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Libya’s presidential election, meant to help unify the nation after a decade of civil war, is supposed to take place in just over a week, but calls are mounting for a delay. Either scenario — holding the vote on time or postponing it — could turn into a...

UN chief names American Stephanie Williams as Libya adviser

Dec. 06, 2021 20:42 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced the appointment Monday of American diplomat Stephanie Williams, who led talks that resulted in the October 2020 cease-fire deal in Libya, to support the holding of presidential elections in the oil-rich north African country...

Judge leaves lawsuits against Libyan general Hifter on pause

Dec. 03, 2021 11:33 AM EST

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A federal judge in Virginia on Friday ruled that war-crimes lawsuits against a Libyan military commander who used to live in the U.S. must stay on hold for now to avoid interfering with upcoming presidential elections there. At a hearing in...

Germany arrests suspected Libyan extremist

Dec. 03, 2021 10:18 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German authorities have arrested a 29-year-old man on suspicion of being part of a Libyan extremist group and extorting money through kidnappings, officials said Friday. Federal prosecutors said the man, a Libyan citizen identified only as Ahmed B. for...

Libyan court says Gadhafi's son can run for president

Dec. 02, 2021 23:43 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — A Libyan court ruled Thursday that a son of the late Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi can compete in upcoming presidential elections, overturning a decision by the country's top electoral body to disqualify him. A court in the southern province of Sabha...