The head of the Supreme Council of State in Libya, Khaled Al-Mashri, accused local and international parties of seeking to postpone the general elections in the country, and stressed that retired Major General Khalifa Haftar was behind the delay in holding the referendum on the constitution, at a time when Turkey renewed its support for the interim government.
Al-Mishri accused – in a press conference held in Tripoli on Tuesday – 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 the context of his talk about the tourist and his position on the referendum on the constitution, Al-Mishri said: This man made press statements, to say the least, that they are fraud and do not convey the truth to the people.
He 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, but (Al-Mishri) made it clear during the press conference that the State Council was opposing the first law (No. 6) before the amendment under Law No. 1 For the year 2019 without clarifying the difference between the two laws.
He added: There is a suspicion that if the referendum on the constitution is held, the elections may be postponed, which is not true. He justified that the Constitutional Referendum Law is ready and has been handed over to the Commission since February 2019. He added that the Commission has been reluctant without any reasons to hold the referendum, stressing 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 had confirms that Haftar informed all international bodies that he rejects the referendum on the constitution.
The head of the Supreme Council revealed that Haftar is not satisfied with some articles of the constitution, such as the article of dual nationality (preventing dual nationals from assuming senior positions).
For months, Libya has been witnessing a political breakthrough. On March 16, an elected transitional authority, comprising a unity government and a presidential council, assumed its duties to lead the country to parliamentary and presidential elections on December 24.
Meanwhile, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu renewed his country’s full support for Libya and the efforts of the National Unity Government to achieve stability.
During his meeting with his Libyan counterpart Najla Al-Manqoush in Istanbul, the Turkish minister discussed unifying the efforts of the two countries to implement the roadmap for the preliminary stage in Libya.
For her part, Al-Manqush confirmed that her country’s vision will be present at the table of the “Berlin-2” conference, which will be held on the 23rd of this month.