A source for “Arabi 21” reveals the reason for the failure of the meeting between Aqeela and Al-Mishri in Geneva

An official Libyan source revealed toArabic21“The consultations of Parliament Speaker Aguila Saleh with the President of the State Council Khaled Al-Mashri failed in Geneva due to the dispute over the candidacy of dual nationals in the upcoming elections.

The source, who asked not to be named, said that “Aqila Saleh stipulated that dual nationals be allowed to run in the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections as one of the consensuses in the Geneva consultations, a request that Al-Mashri rejected because the matter was discussed between the two committees of Parliament and the State Council in the recent Cairo consultations.”

The Libyan source confirmed that “the delegations of the two councils left Geneva a while ago without the two presidents signing the draft constitutional and political consensus that took place during the past two days under the auspices of the United Nations.”

And he added, “The UN adviser will issue a clarification statement shortly to talk about the Aqila-Al-Mashri consultations,” according to him.

The heads of Parliament and the State Council met for the first time two days ago in Geneva, in the presence of the UN advisor, Stephanie Williams, in order to resolve the contentious points in the articles of the constitution and to reach a constitutional basis in the light of which the elections will be held, but the consultations did not reach anything and the two presidents left Geneva.

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The talks between the two sides began on Tuesday, in the presence of the UN Special Adviser to Libya, Stephanie Williams.

The failure to reach an agreement comes despite Williams’ high praise for Al-Mashri and Saleh’s position, describing them as “making courageous efforts and decisions that guarantee a historic compromise solution for Libya.”

Because of the differences between Libya’s official institutions, it was impossible to hold parliamentary and presidential elections last year, in a country suffering from many economic and security crises.

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