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Western powers demand Libya decide on elections without delay

European countries and the US urged Libyan authorities to decide Friday on a final date for elections without delay.

The demand came two days after crucial presidential and parliamentary elections were canceled.

France, Germany, Italy, UK, and the US appealed to authorities in a statement “to respect the aspirations of the people for prompt elections by swiftly determining a final date for the polling and issuing the final list of presidential candidates without delay.”

The electoral commission canceled elections Wednesday that were scheduled for Dec 24, citing a lack of preparedness and disagreements.

Voting has been postponed until January.

The statement said it was important to maintain momentum for the goal of holding “free, fair and credible elections” and to elect a representative and unified government.

The much-awaited polls were detrimental to mark the first step of the war torn country toward political stability.


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