Libyan PM proposes electronic referendum to break current political deadlock – Middle East Monitor


Libya’s interim Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh has proposed holding an electronic referendum instead of mediation to break the current political impasse, Arab media reported yesterday.

Dbeibeh only suggested one question: do you support a new transition period or new elections? The only available answers are yes or no.

He said that if such a proposal were adopted, there should be international observers to give it more credibility.

The UN-backed prime minister reiterated that Libya’s constitution should also be submitted for electronic voting.

“It is impossible to solve the crisis in Libya except through electronic voting because technology dominates all aspects of life,” Dbeibeh said, noting that Libyans are ready for this development.

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Libyans want guarantees and the government will ensure that every Libyan has valid ID to vote in all elections, he added.

Last Thursday, the Libyan parliament in Tobruk, under the control of renegade general Khalifa Haftar, appointed former interior minister Fathi Bashagha as the new prime minister.

Dbeibah promised he would “not accept any new phase of transition or parallel authority” and would hand over power only to an elected government.

“The election of a new government by parliament is another attempt to invade Tripoli by force,” he said Libya Al Ahrar TVand promised to draft a new electoral law to resolve the country’s political crisis.


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