On Thursday, the newly-appointed Libyan Ambassador to Moscow, Ahmed Al-Maghrawi presented his credentials to the Special Envoy of the Russian President for the Middle East and Deputy Foreign Minister, Mikhail Bogdanov.
The two discussed ways to enhance Russian-Libyan relations. This is in addition to the latest political developments in the country, especially with regard to the fate of the electoral process.
On 21 November, seven new Libyan Ambassadors were appointed to Turkey, the Comorian Union, Argentina, Portugal, Greece, Benin, and an envoy to UNESCO.
Currently at stake is a peace process that had been seen as the best hope in years of bringing an end to the decade of chaos and violence, that has engulfed Libya since a NATO-backed uprising which ousted Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.
Amid the uncertainty, HNEC has dissolved the committees that had been preparing for the vote, essentially conceding that they would not occur on time. This remains the closest thing Libyans are likely to get to a formal announcement, given all parties’ reluctance to make such a declaration and take the blame. A lengthy delay poses the risk that the country will again descend into fragmentation and violence.
The commission has also proposed a new date for the first round of the Presidential election — 24 January. As well as calling on the Libyan Parliament to address the challenges that delayed the holding of the elections as planned.