The Saudi Foreign Ministry welcomed the results of the vote on forming the new Libyan executive authority by the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum held in Geneva under the auspices of the United Nations.
The Ministry expressed its hope that this achievement would preserve the unity and sovereignty of Libya, leading to the exit of all foreign fighters and mercenaries, and establish a permanent solution that prevents external interference that endangers Arab regional security.
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The Ministry also expressed its hope that this step would achieve security, stability and development in Libya, praising the fruitful efforts of the United Nations.
The participants in the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum in Geneva had voted for Mohamed Al-Manfi as president of the Presidential Council, and Abdel Hamid Dabaiba as head of the new unity government.
Their list won 39 votes, compared to 34 votes for their competitors, Speaker of Parliament, Aqeelah Saleh, and Minister of Interior in the Government of National Accord, Fathi Bashagha, for the presidency of the Presidency Council and the ministers.
In addition, Musa Al-Koni and Abdullah Al-Lafi were chosen as deputies of the exile.
For her part, the UN envoy to Libya, Acting Stephanie Williams, described that moment as historic. “I am pleased to witness this historic moment,” she said in a speech announcing the candidates’ victory.
She also addressed the Libyan parties: You have come a long way and overcome your differences for the benefit of your country and the Libyan people. “This is a formal obligation and the elected executive authority must fulfill it,” she said.