Libyan mayors threaten to form national gov't if political division continues

Source: Xinhua| 2018-01-23 23:14:50|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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TRIPOLI, Jan. 23 (Xinhua) -- The mayors of 109 Libyan municipality on Tuesday threatened to declare civil disobedience and form a national government in the event of continued political division in Libya.

The mayors made their remarks in the final statement of the first forum of municipalities of Libya in the eastern city of Shahhat.

The mayors demanded the UN envoy to "speed up ending the political deadlock and assume his responsibilities by taking necessary measures to resolve the situation, and pushing for urgent presidential and parliamentary elections."

"The House of Representatives and the Higher Council of State must assume their historic responsibilities and work on ending the current political division and form a national unity government," the statement said.

"In case this demand is not met, the municipalities will be forced to face this issue. The next meeting will be in Tripoli to escalate the situation and take a number of procedures, including call for civil disobedience and form a government of national unity," the statement added.

The city of Shahhat, some 185 km east Benghazi, hosted the first forum of the municipalities of Libya on Monday and Tuesday to discuss political and economic challenges of the country.

This is the first and largest forum of its kind, which successfully gathered municipal representatives from all over Libya.

Following the 2011 uprising that toppled former leader Gaddafi's regime, Libya has been struggling to make a democratic transition amid political division and insecurity.