Constitution Drafting Assembly welcomes HoR-HSC agreement on holding constitution referendum
By Sami Zaptia.
London, 22 January 2021:
Libya’s Constitution Drafting Assembly (CDA) welcomed yesterday the agreement of the House of Representatives (HoR) and High State Council’s (HSC) joint Constitutional Committee during their two-day meeting in Egypt’s Hurghada from 19-21 January.
The joint Committee had accepted the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum’s (LPDF) Roadmap which set 24 December 2021 as the country’s date for constitutionally based elections. The Committee also agreed to make the necessary constitutional reforms to hold a referendum on the country’s draft constitution.
The CDA is the country’s democratically elected entity tasked with drafting the constitution.
The draft constitution had been prepared by the CDA in July 2017 and presented it to the HoR for the later to organize a referendum on it. However, controversy and political splits delayed the holding of the referendum.
In the statement, the 29 members that signed the welcoming statement said this step would ensure the ending of the transitional stages and moving to the permanent stage in which the presidential and legislative elections are held in accordance with the provisions of the country’s permanent constitution after it has been approved by the people through a general referendum.