On Wednesday, Libyan envoys agreed at UN-backed talks in Egypt to hold a constitutional referendum ahead of the planned elections later this year, Egypt’s foreign ministry said.
Egypt “welcomes the agreement reached today between the Libyan parties in Hurghada in the context of the constitutional process … and appreciates the efforts that led to the agreement to hold a referendum on the draft constitution in view of the Libyan elections scheduled for December. 24, 2021, “the ministry said in a statement.
A new round of discussions will be held in Egypt next month where the “roadmap for the referendum and elections” will be decided, it added.
In the Libyan conflict, the UN-recognized legitimate government for national agreement (GNA) is based in the capital, while a House of Representatives backed by the illegal forces loyal to Putist general Khalifa Haftar, who does not recognize the Tripoli administration. is based in the east.
Turkey and Qatar have been GNA’s strongest supporters, while Haftar has support from Egypt, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), France and Russia.
A fragile ceasefire between the two sides, agreed in Geneva in October last year, has largely remained intact despite threats from Haftar forces to resume hostilities.
In the Egyptian Red Sea town of Hurghada, the committee members who drafted a future constitution met with delegations from the House of Representatives and the Tripoli-based Supreme Council of State, which advises the GNA.
The meeting was held to “discuss the constitutional arrangements required to hold the elections on December 24”, according to the UN
Libyans at UN-led talks in Tunisia in November agreed on the date of the election.
Elected Libyan officials later demanded that a constitution be approved before the election, but did not challenge the election date.
A Moroccan diplomatic source told Agence France-Presse (AFP) on Wednesday that further talks between members of the House of Representatives and the Prime Minister would be held on Friday in the coastal city of Bouznika, south of the Moroccan capital Rabat.
GNA said that the negotiations would discuss appointments to the country’s most important institutions, which have already been discussed in Morocco in recent months, such as the Election Commission, the Central Bank and the Anti-Corruption Commission.
Libyan envoys at separate UN-backed talks in Geneva voted on Tuesday to implement a mechanism to elect a temporary chief executive until the December election, according to the UN, calling it an “important step forward”.
Earlier this week, in a report submitted to the UN Security Council (UNSC), UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres welcomed the “concrete progress” made in recent months in tackling the almost decade-long Libyan crisis and reiterated that all foreign troops and mercenaries must evacuate land by the end of the week.