Saif al-Islam Qaddafi, the fugitive son of former Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi, supports holding presidential elections as soon as possible, a representative said, criticising the United Nations envoy to Libya for his proposal to hold the vote only by year-end.
“Any delay creates more problems,” Mohamed al-Qailoushi, an aide to Saif al-Islam, said by phone. “The only solution is elections: if you maintain the current political situation, that is not in the Libyan people’s interests.”
A summit on Libya hosted by Italy in November set a target of holding elections in the first half of 2019. But UN envoy Ghassan Salame said the presidential poll may not happen until the end of the year. “We should first hold parliamentary elections, then a referendum on the constitution and then presidential elections by the end of the year,” he said.