Libya lawmakers reschedule parliament vote: spokesman

Libya lawmakers reschedule parliament vote: spokesman
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Libya's postponed elections are to be rescheduled following a vote on Tuesday, and will now take place one month after the presidential vote.
The parliamentary elections were recently postponed by some lawmakers [Getty]

Libyan lawmakers voted Tuesday to reschedule parliament elections, a spokesman said, a move likely to increase tensions among Libyan rivals already divided over bills regulating planned elections.

Abdullah Bliheg, a spokesman for the legislature, said lawmakers decided to hold parliamentary elections a month after the presidential vote scheduled for late December.

A UN-brokered roadmap had set both parliamentary and presidential elections for 24 December. The elections have been seen by many as a step forward to end the country’s divisions. There has been pressure from international governments, including the US, on Libyan stakeholders to hold elections as scheduled.

Lawmakers on Monday adopted a bill regulating the parliamentary elections — a few weeks after they voted on a bill for the presidential vote.

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Holding the elections as scheduled already faced challenges amid opposition from the country's High Council of State that has argued that the laws were adopted without consultations.

Oil-rich Libya was plunged into chaos after a 2011 NATO-backed uprising toppled and killed longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi.