A marathon round of Libyan Political Dialogue Forum to end stalemate

The members of the Political Dialogue Forum are heading to Geneva, Switzerland, to hold a dialogue forum that will discuss the constitutional basis after the stalemate that occurred in last May’s meeting.

The members of the forum will have a task that will not be easy, as the most important items related mainly to the date of December 24 will be discussed on the table, which is the date that was decided almost unanimously to be the decisive and definitive of the will of the people and the first step for real change after seven years of depriving Libyans from their right to determine their fate and choose who could occupy senior positions in the state.

The dialogue forum will return to meeting in the presence of all members to discuss the issue of the constitutional basis, especially since the meeting that was held virtually last May with the facilitation of the UN mission came out with an empty hand and another with nothing in it.

Before all the members went to Geneva, the main forum was preceded by preparatory meetings in the Tunisian capital of the members of the eighteen-member advisory committee. For days, it worked on writing a draft that included observations made by the members of the dialogue forum in the May session, in closed circuits.

The observations made by the members can be summarized in five points: citizenship, especially in the matter of the president’s candidacy if a constitutional rule is approved, and the oath, given that there were those who said that the sentences of the oath are loose and need to be reconsidered, in addition to the constitution, given that Libya is still up to this moment without a constitution, the commission’s project did not see the light of day.

The observations also included the conditions for running for the presidential elections, and the powers of the next president, a point that will be the subject of extensive discussion between those who want narrow powers for the president, and those who want regular powers.

The UN mission, while carrying out its final preparations, knows very well that this meeting is fraught with dangers, and members of the Constitution Drafting Assembly refuse to go to elections before the referendum on the constitution, yet to see that the adoption of the constitutional basis means in advance interfering in the affairs of the body elected by the people, and this is something they reject altogether.

In addition to the fact that attempts by parties and personalities to obstruct the efforts to hold elections, which, if they do not take place at the end of the year, will be, in the opinion of many, a threat to the very relative peace that the country is witnessing.

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