The constitution must be adopted as soon as possible for the elections to run smoothly and for Libya to achieve stability, said Libyan High Council Chairman Khalid al-Mishri and Ankara’s Ambassador to Tripoli Kenan Yılmaz.
According to the written statement released by the Press Office of the High Council of State, Mishri and Yılmaz met in the council building in the capital Tripoli.
During the meeting, relations between the two countries as well as the postponed elections in Libya, which were scheduled for December 24, and its legal infrastructure were discussed.
The committee responsible for preparing the draft new constitution in Libya demanded in May that the draft constitution be submitted to a referendum before the elections.
Mishri said in his statement in June that according to the draft constitution pending referendum, those with dual nationality cannot run for president. General Khalifa Haftar, who also has American nationality, blocked the referendum process for this reason.
“The UN supports the unification of military forces in Libya”
The United Nations supports all efforts to unite the armed forces in Libya, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres Special Advisor on Libya Stephanie Williams said in a tweet.
Williams also said she was satisfied with the meeting held in Sirte on December 11 by the Libyan Chief of General Staff Mohammed al-Haddad and Abd al-Razik al-Nazuri, who was the so-called chief of headquarters of loyalist forces. in Haftar, as part of the attempts to unify the country’s military institutions.
According to local media, the meeting between Haddad and Nazuri focused on the consolidation of military institutions, as well as the expulsion of foreign mercenaries from the country and the economic slowdown.
The second meeting in a month took place between the two wings of the armed forces, which have a two-headed structure in Libya.
Libya’s presidential elections were due to take place on December 24 as part of a UN roadmap, but the country’s electoral commission has proposed a one-month deadline, citing shortcomings in electoral legislation and related appeals the eligibility of candidates.
Libya’s House of Representatives ruled that the vote intended to end years of conflict in the North African nation “impossible” to hold on time.
The poll was due to take place just over a year after a historic east-west ceasefire in a country ravaged by a decade of conflict since the 2011 uprising that overthrew and killed dictator Muammar Gaddafi.
But preparations for the country’s first-ever presidential election were overshadowed by fierce disputes over its legality and the candidacies of several controversial figures, including Gaddafi’s son Seif al-Islam Gadhafi.
One point of contention was a presidential election law controversially passed by Parliament Speaker Aguila Saleh, which critics said circumvented due process and favored her coup ally Haftar.
The law was strongly opposed by factions in western Libya, where Haftar had fought a year-long battle to seize the capital Tripoli.
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