Libya: A top official has urged the UN Special Envoy to expedite election talks.

According to an influential Libyan official, the UN special envoy should meet with the joint electoral committee, which is made up of rival Libyan factions, to begin constitutional arrangements for elections.

After meeting Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit, Aguila Saleh, the influential speaker of Libya’s east-based parliament, spoke to reporters in Cairo.

According to Saleh, the joint committee could make recommendations to the High National Election Commission, which would then be in charge of holding elections.

Earlier this month, Abdoulaye Bathily, the new UN special envoy for Libya warned that the first anniversary of Libya’s postponed elections is quickly approaching and that further delaying a vote could lead the troubled north African nation to even greater instability, putting it “at risk of partition.”

“The Libyan executive body’s term is over,” said Saleh, calling for a peaceful transfer of power and a return to previous electoral procedures.

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