HoR Speaker: Libya should hold elections even if draft constitution rejected

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

TOBRUK – Libya should press ahead with national elections even if voters reject a draft constitution in a planned referendum, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aguila Saleh, said.

Speaking in an interview with Reuters on Monday, Saleh did not mention a possible date for the elections, yet he stressed the need for electing a temporary president.

“Because we want a constitution (based on) consensus this will take time… We need an executive authority and there is no other choice than (electing) a temporary president (if the draft constitution is rejected),”

Saleh said the HoR could, if needed, secure funds from the interim government in the east to allow the referendum on the draft constitution to go ahead.

If voters reject the draft constitution, Saleh said, a special committee should work on a new version. The current draft envisages a parliamentary system with two chambers but also with a strong presidency.

The United Nations wants to stage a national conference for Libyans in early 2019 to overcome the country’s divisions and decide what type of elections they want, presidential or parliamentary.


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