The new interim chief of the MANUL, the American Stephanie Williams, affirms in a tweet to be in Libya to "direct". Meanwhile, the Libyan electoral commission is preparing the announcement of the official postponement of the December 24 election.
It was not until Saturday that the UN mission in Libya clarified that the Twitter account of its new head Stephanie Williams is indeed hers. An account created at the beginning of December, on which the American warmonger diplomat defines her mission in Libya as follows: “I have clarified the contours of my mission in Libya. It is about leading the three Libyan transitions - political, economic and military - as well as supporting the electoral process ”, we read on the famous tweet.
1/2 I met today with Deputy President of the Presidency Council, Mr. Abdullah Al-Lafi in #Tripoli. I explained the goal of my mission in Libya, to lead the three intra-Libyan tracks - political, economic, and military - and support the electoral process. pic.twitter.com/7CvXg5DQ5H
- Stephanie Turco Williams (@SASGonLibya) December 14, 2021
An assertion that is not far from the truth. Because barely arrived in Libya, the interim boss of UNSMIL was received by most of the candidates and influential parts of the country: Khalifa Haftar, Abdel Hamid Dbeibah, Khaled al-Michri (head of the senate), Khaled Mazen (minister of interior) and his predecessor Fathi Bachagha, the chiefs of staff of the east and the west, Mohamed al-Haddad and Abderrazak Nadhouri, two members of the Libyan Presidential Council - al-Koni and al-Lafi -, and the boss of the National Oil Corporation (NOC) Mustapha Sanallah…
1/2 Among the wide range of various Libyan interlocutors I met so far, I had the opportunity to meet with a number of presidential and parliamentary registered candidates, in Tripoli, Misrata and Benghazi. pic.twitter.com/DUIedj423Q
- Stephanie Turco Williams (@SASGonLibya) December 18, 2021
In short, with the exception of Aguila Salah, who denied any meeting with the American diplomat, and Saif al-Islam Kadhafi, openly opposed to the UN mission, each Libyan with a bit of ambition rushed to the American's office to pay tribute to Stephanie Williams. Another absent from these meetings, the President of the Presidential Council, Mohammed el-Menfi, yet tipped to lead the next transition period.
Williams and the divisions
Stephanie Williams also insisted on the "need for decentralization" as regards governance in Libya. Another revealing slip, far from being an awkwardness of the diplomat, experienced in the fragmentation of countries. Indeed, during his three years as head of the American mission in Iraq, Williams did everything to exacerbate the division at the top of power.
If Williams today only meets the parties close to the United States, it is certainly not in order to reunite, but to better divide.
In order to avoid this, few Libyan parties are making a real effort. A meeting between the head of the senate, Khaled al-Michri, and the president of the parliament Aguila Salah, will take place next week. On the menu, try to find a solution to the political impasse.
Among the expected statements, that of the official postponement of the presidential election, and probably the holding of parliamentary elections. Also, the heads of the legislative power will try to find a solution after December 24, with the end of the mandate of Prime Minister Abdel Hamid Dbeibah.
Stephanie Williams, an American-Western agenda
Indeed, legally, it is up to the head of the Presidential Council, Mohammed el-Menfi, to continue ruling Libya after December 24. The Libyan president is the only one with a mandate that allows him to issue decrees and appoint interim ministers in the absence of the prime minister.
However, this solution does not suit the Americans, of which Stéphanie Williams openly represents the agenda, although her position is that of a leader - moreover by interim - of a UN mission.
For this reason, Chaabane ben Noor, leader of a Libyan political party, believes that "everything Williams does, under the pretext of bringing together the belligerent Libyans, serves Western interests". According to him, the diplomat seeks above all to "strike Russian interests" and "prevent Saif al-Islam Gaddafi from building a coalition." Ben Noor also considers that "because of this fight by proxy, even if the Libyans agree on a new approach towards the elections, Williams will fail to impose his agenda".
Internationally, the delay in the presidential election is obvious. But on the side of neighboring countries, the Tunisian and Algerian presidents insisted on the fact that the transition should be "a sovereign step" which "rests solely on the will of the Libyans". Turkey and Russia, for their part, affirm through their respective foreign ministers their "continued support" for Libya. On the side of the African Union, no position has been issued.
- Algerian Radio (@radioalgerie) December 16, 2021