What Happened: U.N. Special Envoy to Libya Ghassan Salame has reversed plans to hold elections in Libya on Dec. 10 and has said he is now targeting early 2019 as a potential election date, Reuters reported Nov. 8.
Why It Matters: The prospect of Libya holding elections in December was always dim, but given the short time frame to conduct polls in early 2019, it is unlikely that Libya will succeed in overcoming the same roadblocks that prevented the election in December.
Background: The United Nations has steered negotiations to unify rival governments in the country's east and west and to organize elections. However, continuing unrest and attacks from Islamic State militants have blocked efforts to create a new government.
- France and Italy Each Go Their Own Way on Libya (Sept. 5, 2018)
- Why Libyan Elections Probably Won't Happen This Year (June 4, 2018)
- Libya: Court Ruling Is a Small Step Toward a National Election (Feb. 15, 2018)
- Holding Up the Peace Process in Libya (Feb. 17, 2017)