GENEVA / LIBYA ELECTIONS

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Members of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) elected a three-member Presidency Council led by Mohammad Younes Menfi and Abdul Hamid Mohammed Dbeibah as the country’s Prime Minister. Announcing the result, UN Acting Special Representative Stephanie Williams told members, “Our bet was that you would be able to build a truly Libyan-owned solution, and that is what you have done.” UNTV CH

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STORY: GENEVA / LIBYA ELECTIONS
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SOURCE: UNTV CH
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 05 FEBRUARY 2021, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

SHOTLIST:

1. Wide shot, Palais des Nations exterior
2. Pan left, members of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum in meeting
3. Various shots, members of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum in meeting
4. Wide shot, member of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum casting vote
5. Med shot, member of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum taking picture with Libyan flag
6. Various shots, members of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum casting vote
7. Wide shot, members of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum applauding
8. Various shots, votes being counted
9. Wide shot, Williams receiving vote results
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Stephanie Williams, Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya, United Nations:
“The Winning ticket that won 39 votes, for the Presidency of the Presidency Council Mr. Mohammad Younes Menfi.”
11. Wide shot, members of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum applauding
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Stephanie Williams, Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya, United Nations:
“Your compatriots will remember for many years to come this national conscientiousness you have so ably demonstrated. Our bet was that you would be able to build a truly Libyan-owned solution. And that is what you have done. The international community can only validate and reinforce your decisions and will be watching those you have selected to make sure they truly go back to the Libyan people on December 24 of this year to democratically elect Libya’s representatives and political leadership. As they have pledged to do so before you, in word and in writing. This is a solemn obligation and one the new executive must fulfil.”
13. Wide shot, members of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum applauding
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Stephanie Williams, Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya, United Nations:
“As stipulated in the Roadmap, the current Presidency Council and government should continue to work in a caretaker capacity until the endorsement by the House of Representatives of the new temporary unified executive, and should ensure that a peaceful transition and a constructive handover take place without delay and in the interests of the country. All parallel authorities should be considered null and void.”
15. Wide shots, members of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum applauding

STORYLINE:

Members of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) elected today (05 Feb) a three-member Presidency Council led by Mohammad Younes Menfi and Abdul Hamid Mohammed Dbeibah as the country’s Prime Minister. Announcing the result, UN Acting Special Representative Stephanie Williams told members, “Our bet was that you would be able to build a truly Libyan-owned solution, and that is what you have done.”

The members cast their votes in two rounds which led to the election of a list which included Mohammad Younes Menfi, Mossa Al-Koni, and Abdullah Hussein Al-Lafi for the Presidency Council, as well as Mohammed Dbeibah for the position of Prime Minister.

The selection mechanism stipulated that a list of candidates must receive 60 percent of the valid votes to be successful in the first round. As none of the four competing lists reached this threshold in the first round, a second round was held to vote on the two lists which obtain the highest number of votes in the first round.

The winning list received 39 of the 73 votes cast.

Williams said Libyans would “remember for many years to come this national conscientiousness” members of the LPDF have “so ably demonstrated.”

The Acting Special Representative told members that international community “can only validate and reinforce your decisions and will be watching those you have selected to make sure they truly go back to the Libyan people on December 24 of this year to democratically elect Libya’s representatives and political leadership. As they have pledged to do so before you, in word and in writing. This is a solemn obligation and one the new executive must fulfil.”


Williams said, “As stipulated in the Roadmap, the current Presidency Council and government should continue to work in a caretaker capacity until the endorsement by the House of Representatives of the new temporary unified executive, and should ensure that a peaceful transition and a constructive handover take place without delay and in the interests of the country. All parallel authorities should be considered null and void.”

The Acting Special Representative said the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum has not completed its tasks. She said members have a critical role to play in the months ahead as the custodians and monitors of the Roadmap which they adopted in Tunis.

She said members must continue to work to ensure that the aspirations and clear demands of the Libyan people do not remain unfulfilled and unanswered and must hold the new executive to account and demand that the institutions fulfil their responsibilities with regard to the constitutional process and the sovereign positions, while respecting the independence of the judicial authority.
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