The Head of the High Council of State (HCS), Khaled Al-Mishri, has pledged to organise elections no later than November 2023.
He made this promise during a televised speech on Friday to mark the anniversary of the 17 February Revolution that ended 42 years of individual rule in Libya.
“Libya is currently undergoing a transitional phase involving a constitutional declaration amendment that will lead to presidential and parliamentary elections,” Al-Mishri stated.
He added that accomplishing the revolution’s objectives “requires us to accept constructive self-criticism” as the democratic and constitutional gains remain a strategic goal.
The HCS head vowed to achieve constitutional entitlement despite the obstacles “beyond control.”
He said the first two years after the revolution were the best, as the nation was proceeding with a clear plan towards building a state.
But afterward, the anti-Arab Spring forces from local, regional, and international powers worked tirelessly to quash the revolutions and divide the state, Al-Mishri says.
Al-Mishri also confirmed his rejection of division in Libya and the dominance of the state institutions’ heads, saying that whoever heads an institution deals as if he is the guardian of it.
He explained that the setback in the revolution was due to conspiracies and deviation that were practiced by some, including the sons of the revolution themselves.