Three Things to Watch for in the Libya Elections
Some more good common sense from Mattia Toeldo of ECFR. In this article, he points out how the upcoming June 25 elections can only be a success if a pre-existing political reconciliation happens behind the scenes. On this I couldn’t agree more.
A “reconciliation” meeting between Libya’s opposing coalitions was due to be held on 18 June under the auspices of UNSMIL. However, the meeting had to be indefinitely postponed, because elements close to General Heftar’s anti-Islamist coalition accused the UN of being biased in favour of the Muslim Brotherhood. At the moment, the warring parties have made no commitment to recognise the election results.
Lack of recognition of the results from all sides in the Libyan political sphere could turn out to be a major cause of regret for European policymakers. Holding elections in the current situation, with the country divided between two warring coalitions, is an uncalculated risk. Polls may actually accelerate violence rather than solving Libya’s problems.
– See more at: http://www.ecfr.eu/blog/entry/three_things_to_watch_for_in_the_libya_elections#sthash.ay5rQbck.dpuf