How does the postponement of the Libyan elections affect Greek-Turkish interests?

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The Higher Libyan Election Commission proposed on Wednesday to postpone for a month the presidential elections, originally scheduled for December 24, after a parliamentary committee found that it cannot be performed on the predetermined date.

The proposal was based on technical, judicial and security reports.

Greek diplomatic sources said that the sooner a new election date is found, the faster the situation will return to normal.

For his part, the geostrategic analyst, Efthymios Petrou, believes that the country could not escape so easily from the wounds of a 10-year civil war.

“It was doubtful from the beginning whether these elections could be held. Since the fall of Gaddafi, the country has been in a state of civil war for about 10 years,” he said.

“Is it possible to exercise power in a divided country with warlords and different judicial systems? Some said from the beginning that they would question the result, Petrou continued, adding: “All this climate did not show that we are going to free elections.”

Who benefits from not holding elections?

The non-holding of elections clearly favours the Turks, according to Petrou, “as the country does not pass to normalcy and what was signed by the transitional governments such as the illegal Turko-Libyan memorandum is not discussed.”

This practically means that one of the most recent differences between Greece and Turkey is going to be delayed from being resolved.

This text, as he reminds, is not easy to collapse because although illegal, international law does not work like civil law.

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Turkey’s illegal maritime deal and map with Libya to steal Greek and Cypriot maritime space.

At the same time, the non-conduct of elections does not allow the plans for a rapprochement between Greece and Libya to proceed.

“Our country remembered Libya when it had already signed the illegal memorandum with the Turks,” Petrou said.

“The transnational plans that needed to be approved by a new government will be postponed for the future, not only between Greece and the North African country, but also between other states and Libya,” the geostrategic analyst concluded.

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