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Libya’s High Council of State: Constitution referendum before elections

The Head of the Libyan High Council of State (HCS), Khalid Al-Mishri, said the HCS agreed Tuesday to reject unifying state civil institutions without unifying the military institution.

In a press conference in Tripoli, Al-Mishri accused the Chairman of for High National Elections Commission (HNEC), Emad Al-Sayeh, of shady behavior in his recent press statements, saying the HNEC is intentionally prolonging the referendum on the constitution despite receiving the needed legislation in February 2019, adding that holding a referendum doesn’t go against holding elections on time next December.

Al-Mishri said the HCS wouldn’t finish the process of state sovereign positions unless a breakthrough in unifying the military institution happened, saying this could be the groundwork for successful elections, which he said must take place on December 24 as planned.

Al-Mishri said the HCS will start to receive curricula vitae for candidates for state sovereign positions from Tuesday to Friday as per (Bouznika 1) meeting in Morocco, urging the candidates to give their resumes to their electoral division members to be presented transparently to the committee that will sort them out for four days after Friday. Afterwards, the shortlisted candidates will present their visions for Libyans in a live broadcast.

He urged the international and local stakeholders to commit to doing their part in support for holding transparent and fair elections whose results would be accepted by all parties.

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