UN confirms corruption attempts in Libyan process

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They had to be left to work in peace. When, in early February, the UN brought together the 74 delegates who were to appoint Libya’s new political leaders, the choice fell on the very peaceful setting of Chavannes-de-Bogis, a few kilometers from Geneva. Sheltered from the tumult and the spotlight, the result of the exercise had aroused astonishment: the delegates (gathered under the official name of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum) had notably elected as temporary prime minister a novice in politics, Abdel Hamid Dbeibah, from the city of Misrata.

This unforeseen outcome had in reality only fueled even more suspicions of possible acts of corruption, which had already flourished at a previous meeting of the forum in Tunisia. The UN had indicated that it was going to address these suspicions, and it is therefore with a certain impatience that the so-called “panel of experts” report on Libya, addressed to the UN Security Council, was expected. .
Possible attempts at corruption? They are well mentioned in the report published on Tuesday, in an extremely brief manner: in Tunisia, participants were offered bribes to vote in favor of “a specific candidate” for the post of prime minister. Experts mention “at least three cases”, but it is difficult to know if these cases concern the people approached or, on the contrary, those who were behind the corruption attempts.