High Council of State approves constitutional basis for Libya elections

The Libyan High Council of State (HCS) has approved a constitutional basis for legislative and executive authorities’ elections that will take place on December 24.

The HCS said on Sunday that the correct path to go through for Libya is to conduct a public referendum on the draft constitution, but if that wasn’t possible, the constitutional basis will be used instead, yet reiterating that the priorities of the executive authority is to carry out a constitutional referendum as soon as possible.

The HCS-approved constitutional basis says the legislative authority should be under an Ummah Council: House of Representatives and Senate. The members and the head of state as well should be Libyan Muslims and have no foreign citizenship and be no younger than 40 years old on the day of candidacy.

The HCS said the constitutional basis is going to be sent to the House of Representatives (HoR), High National Elections Commission, and the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) for remarks.

It’s worth mentioning that the HoR had passed an elections law for presidential candidates without consulting with the HCS, which the latter considered a violation of the political agreement.


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