Putschist General Khalifa Haftar is blocking a constitutional referendum in Libya because he knows he cannot run for president because of his dual citizenship, Libya’s top prime minister said on Tuesday.
Speaking to journalists in the capital Tripoli, Khalid al-Mishri pointed to an article from the draft constitution that those with dual citizenship could not be candidates for the presidency.
Haftar has both Libyan and American citizenship, which excludes him from Libya’s future political landscape.
Al-Mishri also called on local and international parties to fulfill their obligations so that fair elections can be held, the results of which will be accepted by all parties.
He noted that they would not accept the idea that the constitutional referendum or the adoption of the constitution would delay the general and presidential elections scheduled for December 24.
Libya has recently witnessed a positive development following a breakthrough in which rival parties agreed on 5 February on a unified new executive that will steer Libya in the lead in national elections on 24 December.
Libyans hope the new government will end years of civil war that have engulfed the country since the extermination and killing of strongman Moammar Gadhafi in 2011.