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The Iron Lady is not giving up on Libya just yet

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Over the last two weeks, the United Nations Special Advisor on Libya, Stephanie Williams, has been under sustained attacks across social media. Williams, who returned to Libya last December, is neither impressed nor responding.

The current stalemate is, as usual, the outcome of disagreements between Libya's House of Representatives (HoR) and Higher Council of State (HCS), which led to the indefinite postponement of the 24 December elections. Both institutions are trying to stay in power, despite their failure.

Suddenly, and surprisingly, both chambers agreed and launched a new roadmap that called for the formation of a new government and for organising elections no later than 14 months—meaning no elections in 2022.

While this sounded promising, Williams knew it was only false hope and both institutions would resort to their old tactics of obstruction and delay. With years of experience behind her, she understands every political manoeuvre by Libya's corrupt elite for what it really means.

She believes Libyans are on her side, based on the fact that three million citizens have registered to vote and 2.8 million have already collected their voting cards, ready to cast their ballots despite hurdles standing in their way. She still enjoys the support of major powers like the United States, France, Italy and the United Kingdom, beside the full trust of her boss,Antonio Guterres. However, the Russian invasion of Ukraine means the UN Security Council is unlikely to agree to anything of substance on Libya, despite promising her full cooperation when she visited Moscow last January.

Mrs. Williams – or the Iron Lady, as some politicians call her -told MEMO, that she feared an "impasse" between HoR and HCS is forthcoming. This is what happened when HCS announced that it does not........

© Middle East Monitor

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