Libya.. Dabaiba calls for a constitution for the country, and the UN adviser calls on the House of Representatives to set a clear path for the elections

Libyan Prime Minister Abdel Hamid al-Dabaiba said that Libya needs a constitution before holding presidential and parliamentary elections, while United Nations adviser Stephanie Williams called on the House of Representatives to set a new date and a clear path for the elections.

Dabaiba said during his participation in a seminar entitled “The Constitution First” yesterday, Sunday in Tripoli: “Today we are in dire need of a constitution that protects the homeland and the citizen, and parliamentary and presidential elections in accordance with this constitution… The people want free elections that truly express their will, and they do not want to prolong the crisis and enter into a transitional phase.” New”.

Dabaiba added, “Our problem today is that there is no constitutional rule or constitution.”

The Constituent Assembly for Drafting the Constitution in Libya officially adopted the draft constitution in July 2017, with the approval of more than two-thirds of its members.

However, a number of members of the commission challenged the legality of approving the draft, demanding that it not be referred to the House of Representatives for approval before the popular referendum, which was accepted by the Al-Bayda Court (East) and ruled that the draft was invalid.

Dabaiba said, “Parties have tried to deepen the crisis instead of solving it, and restrict the will of the Libyan people by detailing some laws to prevent people and empower others. Today, after the judiciary has said its word, the same parties are trying to circumvent again the origin of the problem.”

It was not possible to hold the elections on their scheduled date last December due to differences between the Libyan parties, and the presidential and parliamentary elections were supposed to be the completion of a transitional political process sponsored by the United Nations.

As a result, Parliament Speaker Aguila Saleh said that the national unity government headed by Dabaiba is “expired in term” on December 24 last, calling for the government to be reconstituted, and calling on the governor of the Central Bank, the Attorney General and the regulatory bodies not to respond to it without prior approval from the Parliament.

Saleh called on the Parliamentary Roadmap Committee, which was formed to follow up on the elections file, to set a deadline for holding the elections, suggesting the end of this month as a maximum.

In this context, the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General of the United Nations on Libya Stephanie Williams said, during a meeting with the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aguila Saleh, on Sunday, that the Libyan people want to end the transitional period, which lasted for years, and with it power-sharing arrangements.

Williams called on members of the House of Representatives to assume their responsibility towards the Libyan people, and to set a new date and a clear path for the elections.

Williams confirmed – via Twitter – that there will be no solution to the legitimacy crisis that afflicted all Libyan institutions except through the ballot boxes.

For his part, US Ambassador and Special Envoy to Libya Richard Norland said that the United States agrees with the vision of UN advisor Stephanie Williams that holding elections in Libya is a priority now.

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