Libyan rival factions agreed on Tuesday to hold elections on 10 December. The agreement was made at a Paris meeting called by the French president Emmanuel Macron. An adviser to UN-recognised Libyan prime minister Fayez al-Serraj said the agreement included the finalisation of a constitution by 16 September. Serraj, eastern-based military commander Khalifa Haftar and the heads of two parliamentary assemblies attended the talks. “The parties have committed to set the constitutional basis for elections and adopt the necessary electoral laws by 16 September and hold parliamentary and presidential elections on 10 December,” an eight-point joint statement read.
“Against the backdrop of a Libyan-owned process and the full engagement of all Libyan parties involved, we committed… to work constructively with the UN to realise credible and peaceful elections as soon as possible and to respect the results of these elections when they occur.”
Macron said the agreement was “an essential step toward reconciliation” in the country.