Libya’s High Council of State Urges Constitutional Referendum before Presidential Elections

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On Saturday, the Chairman of Libya’s High Council of State (HCS), Khalid al-Mishri, called for holding a referendum on a new constitution before the presidential elections.

He suggested the referendum to be held on February 17, to reflect the date of the 2011 uprising.

Al-Mishri said he welcomes the agreement on conducting presidential and parliamentary elections in the country by the end of 2021.

“We are keen on taking Libya to desired stability after all these crises and suffering,” Khalid al-Mishri said in a statement on Facebook.

On Friday, the UN-Acting Special Envoy for Libya, Stephanie Williams, announced that the participants of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum in Tunisia decided to hold national elections on a constitutional basis on December 24, 2021.

On Wednesday, Williams said the political talks on Libya’s future have reached an agreement on holding elections within 18 months. She hailed the “breakthrough” in a peace-making process that still faces great obstacles.

She added that the new government would have to quickly address deteriorating public services and corruption, two issues that prompted protests on both sides of the frontlines this summer.