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UN calls for a political process to fulfill the hopes of the Libyans

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya called, Saturday, for a comprehensive and integrated political process in order to meet the aspirations of the Libyan people. 

The mission said in a statement that the recent events in Libya “confirm the urgent need to return to a comprehensive and integrated political process that would meet the aspirations of the Libyan people for a government that adequately represents them.”

“There is an increase in reports of human rights violations, including arbitrary arrest and detention, and restrictions imposed on freedom of movement and expression, as well as the right to peaceful assembly and protest,” she said.

The mission added, “It seems that the widespread use of hate speech and incitement to violence aims to increase discord among Libyans, deepen polarization and tear apart the social fabric in the country at the expense of the Libyan solution.”

The statement urged “calm, the application of the rule of law, and the preservation of the rights of all citizens to peacefully express their views.”

UN calls for a political process to fulfill the hopes of the Libyans

And on Monday, the Libyan Prime Minister, Fayez Al-Sarraj, announced, in a televised speech, in conjunction with demonstrations in several Libyan cities, his intention to make urgent ministerial amendments “away from satisfactions and quotas.”

During the past week, the capital, Tripoli, and several Libyan cities witnessed demonstrations against corruption and demands for the provision of public services such as electricity and others.

On Thursday, the Libyan army announced that the militia of the coup general, Khalifa Haftar, had violated the ceasefire agreement in the country, and targeted it’s forces with more than 12 “Grad” missiles, in a move that could undermine the work to reach a political solution.

For years, the oil-rich country has been suffering an armed struggle, and with the support of Arab and Western countries, Haftar’s militia, the internationally recognized Libyan government, has fought for legitimacy and authority.

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