On Sunday, the Constituent Assembly for the Drafting of the Constitution in Libya accused the United Nations mission of violating the country’s roadmap and interfering in a sovereign matter.
In a letter she addressed to the UN Special Envoy Jan Kubis, she expressed her astonishment at the mission’s position in support of adopting a temporary constitutional rule (for holding elections) and excluding the option of a referendum on the draft constitution completed by the body elected by the people. Read also Exiled stresses the need to remove foreign fighters and mercenaries from Libya The “Supreme State” in Libya calls on the Presidential Council to put an end to Haftar’s violations The Washington Post: The deadly legacy of Russian mercenaries in Libya… Dolls, toilets, and booby-trapped soft drink cans The Spanish Prime Minister visits Libya and announces the reopening of his country’s embassy in Tripoli, and Dabaiba welcomes
The Legal Committee was established, last December 17, in accordance with Article 4 of a road map approved by the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum, and it includes 17 members of the Forum (out of 75) and its mission is to establish a constitutional basis for holding parliamentary and presidential elections on December 24 next.
She added that the UN mission had turned a blind eye to the legal committee’s overstepping its authority (..) and directed the committee’s views and proposals in a way that constituted interference in a sovereign matter and a violation of the integrity of the constitutional process.
The Constituent Assembly called on the UN mission to fulfill its international obligations, and to guarantee the right of Libyans to self-determination through a referendum on the constitution.
Last May, Kubis submitted a draft proposal on the constitutional basis for elections to the Political Dialogue Forum.
The proposal provides for postponing putting the draft constitution to a referendum until after the formation of the new elected legislative authority.
On Thursday, the Supreme Council of State called for the adoption of the draft constitution as an interim constitution, for one presidential and parliamentary session, in order to get out of the current crisis.
A few days ago, the head of the Supreme Council of State, Khaled Al-Mashri, accused local and international parties of seeking to postpone the general elections, and confirmed that retired Major General Khalifa Haftar was behind the delay in holding the referendum on the constitution.
Al-Mashri accused the head of the High National Elections Commission, Imad al-Sayeh, of what he described as fraud and failure to convey the truth to the people.
In his speech, he referred to statements by the tourist on May 24, in which he said that the Supreme Council of State, after receiving the constitutional referendum law in 2018, sent a letter to the Commission requesting an immediate halt to this referendum process.
Al-Mashri added at the time in an interview with a local private channel: Today, we are surprised that the State Council is demanding a referendum on the constitution with the same Law No. 6, explaining during the press conference that the State Council was objecting to the first law (No. 6) before the amendment under Law No. 1 of 2019 without Clarify the difference between the two laws. https://imasdk.googleapis.com/js/core/bridge3.464.0_en.html#goog_1672813371
He pointed out that there is a suspicion that if the constitutional referendum is held, the elections may be postponed, stressing that this is “incorrect” and justified that the Constitutional Referendum Law is ready and has been handed over to the commission since February 2019. , confirming the ability to complete the referendum before July or August.
Regarding who is behind the obstruction of the referendum, the head of the Supreme Council of State said that the information he has confirms that Haftar has informed all international bodies that he rejects the referendum on the constitution.