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Libyan election called off amid disputes -Breaking


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TRIPOLI (Reuters] -Libya’s parliament stated Friday that the planned presidential election will not take place and didn’t name a new date. This leaves the international-backed peace process in chaos, and puts the fate of the interim administration in question.

The delay was announced officially for the first time, something that had been anticipated amid continuing disputes about the rules.

The collapse of the electoral system could result in major mobilizations of armed groups and conflicts within Tripoli and the western regions.

Disputs about the way forward may also jeopardize the U.N.-backed process of peace between Libya’s major eastern and western camps, which has maintained a ceasefire ever since last year.

Foreign powers, candidate parties and factions have been talking about the possibility of an election taking place without much delay.

The interim government installed as part of the Peace Process in March is at Risk. In September, the eastern-based Parliament resigned from its trust in the institution.

In a statement released Wednesday by the parliament’s electoral commission, it stated that Friday would be the expiration of government mandates.

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