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Libya FM: Security and stability are necessary to enter the new government
Libya FM: Security and stability are necessary to enter the new government

Libya FM: Security and stability are necessary to enter the new government

The Libyan government hosted a high-level conference aimed at resolving the country's thorny issues ahead of elections scheduled for late December

Libya still faces a number of obstacles before its people can go to the polls, including outstanding issues related to the country's election laws.

Libya's top diplomat said the transitional government is working to hold long-awaited elections later this year, but security, political and economic stability are essential for a peaceful transition to a new government.

Foreign Minister Najla Mangoush made the remarks in an interview with the Associated Press late Friday in the capital, Tripoli.

She spoke a day after the Libyan government hosted a high-level conference aimed at resolving the country's most thorny issues ahead of elections scheduled for late December.

"To reach a peaceful transition, security and military affairs must be taken care of, and the economy in Libya should be boosted," she said.

Even Libya still faces a number of obstacles before its people can go to the polls, including unresolved issues about the country's election laws,

and infighting between armed groups serving the government, and the deep rift that still exists between the east and west of the country, separated by nearly 10 years of civil war.

Candidates for the presidential elections, scheduled for December 24, are scheduled to announce their candidacies in the coming days,

There are indications that some of the figures who emerged during the war may be involved. Mangoush said she hoped the Libyans would accept the results of the vote which, if held, would be the country's first elections since 2014.