Keshlaf: High Council of State’s approval of constitutional legislation “unfortunate”

The member of the Constitution Drafting Assembly (CDA) Salim Keshlaf said it was an unfortunate step by the High Council of State (HCS) to pass the constitution referendum legislation.

Keshlaf added that the conditions the High Council of State set were “unreasonable”, and that the legislation itself was devised by “hardliners” at the House of Representatives (HoR) to hinder the endorsement of the constitution.

The CDA member said the HCS could be intending to get in the way of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF), adding that approving the legislation as it is now would mean saying “No” to the constitution draft, which is already appealed at the Supreme Court’s constitutional department.

On Monday, the HCS passed the constitution referendum legislation that was devised by the HoR and asked the High National Elections Commission to start working on the referendum.

These issues were rejected by many Libyan personalities as well as the CDA, refusing – in particular – the LPDF Legal Committee’s constitutional basis proposal to form a joint commission with the CDA to go over objections to the constitution draft.


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