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Libya to hold parliamentary election on June 25

English.news.cn   2014-05-23 05:45:17            

TRIPOLI, May 22 (Xinhua) -- The Libyan interim parliament announced on Thursday a general vote will be held on June 25 to solve the present crisis with the retired Major General Khalifa Haftar.

"It is decided that June 25 will be the date for the parliamentary election," Deputy Vice President of the General National Congress(GNC) Saleh al-Makhzoum said.

Libya's electoral committee earlier this week proposed an early general vote to solve the present crisis and raised four dates for the election, UN High Commissioner Abdul Hakim told Xinhua.

According to the country's political transition plan, Libyans will elect a House of Representatives later this year to substitute the current interim parliament GNC, but the schedule has been delayed several times due to political upheavals.

The election seems more imminent now as Haftar waged a war against the GNC, trying to force it to abandon power. The general, who played a key role in toppling Libya's former leader Muammar Gaddafi, led his allied forces on Sunday to attack GNC compound and the airport road, leaving two dead and more than 60 injured.

Haftar claimed he intended to purge "terrorists" from the parliament and the city while the interim government and parliament condemned him for trying to stage a "coup."

Some analysts said an early election is no panacea for the recent standoff and seems unrealistic as voter registration has hardly made any progress.

Furthermore, the recent Tripoli municipal election witnessed a rather low turnout, which shows that Libyans are fed up with politics.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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