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U.K. backs Libya’s plan to hold elections in 2018


British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson says he believes that Libya’s plans to hold elections in 2018 were probably “the right timescale.”

Rival leaders from the conflict-rid country met in Paris in July and resolved to work towards that vote, and a conditional ceasefire.

The United Nations Libya envoy Ghassan Salame said constitutional and electoral laws would have to be drafted to ensure any vote brought lasting change in the country.

“Would it be premature to hold the elections within a year? I happen to think that could be about the right timescale,” Johnson told a joint news conference with visiting U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

He however noted that it didn’t have to be hurried before political groundwork was done.

“It is very important however, that you don’t do it too fast and that you get the political groundwork done first,” he added. “There has to be a constitution, there has to be an accepted basis for those elections to take place.”

Libya has been in conflict since the 2011 ouster of long-time leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Gaddafi was killed by forces that rebelled against his government, thereafter causing an eruption of factions that claimed leadership of the country.

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