After more than a decade of civil war as well as widespread violence, corruption and political upheavals, Libya might finally be entering a new era. On December 24th, Libyans will vote in the country’s first ever presidential elections. However, a series of shortcomings threaten to mar the electoral process. Although the United Nations along with the international community is firmly committed to seeing these elections through, many have grown skeptical over the viability of the election timeline.


Emadeddin Badi
Nonresident Senior Fellow
Atlantic Council

Benjamin Fishman
Senior Fellow
Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Mary Fitzgerald
Non-resident Scholar
Middle East Institute

Roberta Maggi
Junior Project Officer, Middle East & North Africa
Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance (DCAF)


Karim Mezran
Resident Senior Fellow
Atlantic Council

Middle East Programs

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