218News reveals: President’s powers stir controversy at LPDF meeting in Geneva

The morning consultative session of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum kicked off in Geneva Monday morning. The session was an open meeting to exchange views and viewpoints among members.

The 75 members came to Geneva to choose the final proposals for the constitutional basis for the upcoming elections, either by consensus or by voting, days after the advisory committee met in the Tunisian capital.

A source told “218News” from Geneva that there are proposals looming on the horizon and have been accepted by the members regardless of the Libyan people’s desire that might be otherwise different, including the presidential election mechanism.

“Elections candidates must form a list that takes into account the political balance, if they want to run in the electoral process. This is a point that may undermine the people’s will to freely choose who occupies the presidential position, and make them forced to choose a personality they do not want.” The source said.

Regarding the citizenship proposal; It has gained attention, and the members’ proposal, which has near-consensus, stipulates that the presidential candidate renounce his second citizenship after winning the presidential elections and not before that, given that if the candidates do not win; they will be able to keep their other nationality.

With regard to the powers of the president; the source said that there is pressure to reduce the president’s authorities in the belief that this serves the stage and contributes to the undermining of any potential political and military unrest, after a year of relative calm, after the end of the battles in Tripoli, which the Libyan National Army fought against the armed factions.

The authorities of the commander-in-chief of the army, which are supposed to be for the next president; have sparked controversy, as there is a proposal: a dominant one; according to which the full powers of the president are to be withdrawn and given to a council called the “National Security Council.”

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