The third day of a new round of Libyan political talks began in Geneva today (Wednesday) under the auspices of the UN delegation to review the list of remaining candidates for the presidency.
According to News i, quoting the Turkish Anatolian News Agency, Mohammad al-Ra’id, a member of the Libyan Political Dialogue Association, said: “Today we will follow up on the other candidates for the post of Prime Minister who could not present their plans on Tuesday due to lack of time.” Of the 21 candidates for prime minister, 13 remain, nine of whom announced their plans Tuesday after the results of the Presidential Council vote were announced.
Leading figures presenting their programs today are Libyan businessman Abdul Hamid al-Dubaiba, Interior Minister Fathi Bashaga and former Libyan Minister of Education Osman Abdel Jalil.
The UN delegation in Libya announced at a meeting on Tuesday that it would consider forming a list of candidates for the presidency after three candidates failed to win the required number of votes in accordance with the Tripoli, Barqa and Fazan constituency mechanisms.
Leading candidates for the presidency and membership of the Libyan Presidential Council are Khaled al-Mashri, chairman of the Libyan Supreme Council, Aqila Saleh, speaker of the Tobruk parliament (in eastern Libya), Salah al-Nimroush, Libyan defense minister, and Osama al-Jawili, commander of the Libyan military.
According to the UN delegation in Libya, al-Mashri, the candidate for the Tripoli region (in western Libya), received eight votes out of a total of 37 votes, while Aqila Saleh, the candidate for the Burqa region (in eastern Libya), received nine out of 23 votes. Abdul Majid Saif al-Nasr, the candidate from the Fazan region (southern Libya), won six of the 14 votes cast.
According to the voting mechanism, each candidate who wins 70% of the total votes in his / her constituency wins, and none of them wins.
Members of the Libyan Political Dialogue Association last January set out a mechanism for electing government officials, and lists were to be drawn up through climatic groups if the referendum failed.
According to this mechanism, lists of climates with four members can be obtained which can get 17 approvals (8 from the west, 6 from the east and 3 from the south) and these lists are put to the vote. In the first round of voting, the list that gets 60% of the vote wins, and if none of the lists gets that percentage of votes, the two lists that get the most votes compete in the second round, and finally any list that gets the most votes. If he gets 50 + 1 percent of the votes, he will be declared the winner.