TRIPOLI, Aug. 21 (Xinhua) -- UN-backed Prime Minister of Libya Fayez Serraj Friday announced cease-fire and ending of all hostilities in Libya, calling for presidential and parliamentary elections.
Germany has confirmed that the head of the internationally recognized Libyan government based in Tripoli, Faiez Serraj, and the head of the mainly eastern-based Libyan National Army, Khalifa Hafter, have been invited to the 19 January Berlin conference on Libya.
The USA, Russia, China, France, UK, Italy, Germany, Turkey, UAE, Republic of Congo, Egypt and Algeria, as well as the United Nations, the European Union, the African Union and Arab League – have all been invited.
The head of Libya's UN-supported government on Sunday proposed holding nationwide elections to end the war in the North African country, as the forces of the rival military commander Khalifa Haftar continue their two-month-long battle to take the capital, Tripoli.
Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj told a news conference in Tripoli, the seat of his administration, that he is proposing a "Libyan forum" aimed at finding a peaceful solution to the conflict. The talks would draw up a roadmap for parliamentary and presidential elections to be held before the end of 2019.
Member of the Presidential Council (PC), Abdul Salam Kajman praised the achievements of the Central Committee for the Local Government Elections in making the municipal elections held recently a success.
This came during his meeting with the head of the Central Committee for Local Government Elections, Salem Bin Tahia to view the workflow of the electoral process.
The Central Committee for the Municipal Councils Elections closed the polling stations in seven municipalities that held local elections, after the end of the voting process at six o'clock yesterday evening.
The turnout in the seven municipalities until the closing of the ballot boxes amounted to 41%, with Al-Shuwairf Municipality registering the highest record with 67%, while the Municipality of Al-Qarada witnessed the lowest participation rate of 33%, according to Central Committee for the Municipal Councils Elections on Facebook.
In a statement released yesterday, the UN Security Council (UNSC) reiterated its full support for its Special Representative, Ghassan Salame, for a political solution to Libya’s ongoing political impasse.