facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Libya preparing for elections

Feb. 10, 2012 at 11:50 AM   |   Comments

1 of 4
| License Photo
TRIPOLI, Libya, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- The U.N. mission in Libya said it was assisting Libya's interim government in developing mechanisms needed for the first elections in 40 years.

The U.N. Support Mission in Libya said it welcomed the adoption of an electoral law by Libya's transitional government. The mission said the process was Libyan-led but the mission was there to provide technical support to an electoral committee and was ready to work with the country's Higher National Electoral Commission.

"The first free election for over four decades will provide an opportunity for Libyans to exercise their democratic rights to participate in a process which will shape the future of their country," said UNSMIL in a statement.

NATO forces intervened in Libya last year after forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi attacked civilian demonstrators upset with their government. By October, Gadhafi was killed, presumably by rebel forces, and a new interim government was installed.

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay had told the U.N. Security Council that interim leaders were recognized for their efforts at legal reform but said she was "extremely" concerned by the treatment of Gadhafi loyalists held by revolutionary brigades.

International aid group Doctors Without Borders pulled out of the Libyan city of Misurata in late January because of concerns about detainee treatment.

© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
School accused of using girl as rape bait; girl gets attacked School accused of using girl as rape bait; girl gets attacked
2
Man who raped pit bull puppy sentenced to five years in prison Man who raped pit bull puppy sentenced to five years in prison
3
40 Islamic State fighters killed in U.S. air strike 40 Islamic State fighters killed in U.S. air strike
4
Man beaten to death with barbell in San Francisco gym Man beaten to death with barbell in San Francisco gym
5
Bill Clinton hints he expects to be grandfather by first of October Bill Clinton hints he expects to be grandfather by first of October
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback