HCS head: Constitutional dispute is between two political currents

HCS head: Constitutional dispute is between two political currents

July 02, 2022 - 16:22
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Written By: SafaAlharathy

The dispute over Libya's constitutional track is between two political currents, says the HCS President Khalid Al-Mishri, denying that he or the Parliament's Speaker Aqilah Saleh are hindering the advancement of the process.

 In an online statement on Friday, Al-Mishri confirmed that his meeting with Saleh in Geneva concluded on Thursday with an agreement to consider the outcomes of the Cairo talks as a constitutional document and refer them to the Constituent Assembly for approval.

"Aqila Saleh told me literally that he agrees with me that dual nationals should not run for elections, and the meeting ended on that understanding," Al-Mishri said.

He indicated that they requested their representatives in the Constitutional Committee to agree on the controversial points in preparation for signing an agreement on that same night before going out in a press conference the next day.

But when it came to signing the document, the HoR delegation demanded that the condition preventing dual nationals from running in the elections be eliminated, which the HCS met with a categorical refusal, according to Al-Mishri.

Aqilah justified such demand by saying that the country is going through exceptional circumstances, and no one should be deprived of participating in the elections.


The HCS head confirmed that the two councils are still in contact, and there may be another meeting with Saleh after Eid to discuss the differences. The matter was established by the HoR Presidency Thursday evening.

The Parliament's statement on Thursday said the new legislative body, emanating from the proposed elections, will hold its first session in Sabha. However, Al-Mishri refuted the fact and said it was incorrect.

On Thursday, UN Special Adviser on Libya Stephanie Williams acknowledged in a statement following Al-Mishri/ Aqilah's meeting in Geneva that the rules concerning the candidates for the first presidential elections were a moot point as she urged them to overcome the differences as soon as possible.