Libya considers June 25 elections

Published May 21st, 2014 - 07:33 GMT

Libya’s election commission have proposed that an election take place on June 25 after Libyan parliament members met in secret meetings to discuss the next round of parliamentary polls, AP reports.

Lawmakers are seeking a peaceful solution to recent attacks on parliament led by General Khalifa Haftar. The general says he aims to defeat radical Islamists in the country, specifically the Muslim Brotherhood. Haftar claims he has no interest in power but also hinted that he would like to run for president.

According to AP, leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood have denounced Haftar, calling him “a counter-revolutionary allying with remnants of Gaddafi’s forces.”

The U.S. State Department has also condemned the general’s actions.

“We have not had contact with him recently. We do not condone or support the actions on the ground, nor have we assisted with these actions,” spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.

The proposed June 25 election date has not yet officially been endorsed.

“The commission has not yet officially announced June 25 as the date of elections of the House of Representatives. But it is only one of the proposals to hold the elections,” the election commission stated.

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