Libya adopts new electoral laws

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Libya has finalized new electoral laws that would bring the country closer to democracy, according to the United Nations political mission in the North African country.

The laws outline details on the holding of elections to take place later this year, including the establishment of the national assembly.

The assembly would have the task of drawing up a new constitution.

Meanwhile, the UN envoy for Libya, Ian Martin, travelled to the coastal city of Sirte where he met with local leaders.

Sirte was one of the cities hit hardest during the fighting last year.

He promised the UN's help in the reconstruction and recovery of the city.

Martin Nesirky is the UN spokesperson.

“Local council members listed their concerns and needs, in particular in the areas of education, health, reconstruction, mine action, internally displaced persons, post-conflict trauma and clarification of the fate of those missing. Mr. Martin recalled the work of UN humanitarian agencies and pledged the UN’s continuing support to Sirte’s recovery, as well as assuring them that he would reflect their needs in his discussions with the Interim Government”.

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