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How Libya’s Fragile Unity Is Being Tested by Election

Libya’s decision to postpone a landmark presidential vote has damaged efforts to rebuild a nation riven by conflict since the overthrow of strongman Moammar Al Qaddafi a decade ago. Foreign powers that waged a proxy war there still appear to support a transition to democracy. But the delay has weakened …

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While acting as technical advisor in the HoR-HNEC Rome meeting, UNSMIL urges HoR and HSC to work together on constitutional basis for elections

While acting as technical advisor to House of Representatives Committee and the High National Elections Commission (HNEC) meeting in Rome 26-29 July, UNSMIL today urged the HoR and HSC to work together, as prescribed by the 2015 Skhirat Libyan Political Agreement (LPA), in agreeing on a constitutional basis for the …

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Libyan Dialogue delegations agree on criteria of selecting names for sovereign positions

The Libyan High Council of State (HCS) and House of Representatives (HoR) said the Libyan Dialogue in Bouznika, Morocco had been positive and their two delegations had reached some sort of understanding on criteria for selecting individuals to hold sovereign positions as per (article 15) of Skhirat agreement.

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HCS head: referendum law on the constitution is contrary to the political agreement

President of the High Council of State (HCS), Khalid al-Mishri, said that the amendments to the Constitutional declaration made by the House of Representatives (HoR), are contrary to the political agreement, noting that this agreement is the only way to a common political formula.

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Libya’s revolutionaries: Where are they now?

When some Libyans revolted in 2011 beginning in Benghazi, in eastern Libya, in what became known as the February 17 Revolution, there were no apparent leadership figures to represent them in what was seen as another episode of the so-called Arab Spring. Leaderless revolts against leaders of the day, and mostly corrupt …

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A Constitution That Doesn’t Protect Rights and Freedoms: Libya Writes Its Constitution

On July 29, forty-three members among a sixty-member Constituent Assembly in Libya, voted in support of the Libyan constitution draft. This voting has concluded a long and complicated process of debate that has been continued for more than three years to write a constitution that has the support of a …

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A Constitution for Libya: A Futile Debate?

Talking about and discussing a constitution for Libya at this moment may seem a futile exercise. The situation on the ground is such that even the simplest idea of a Libyan State may seem surreal, given the diverse interests battling for control of the country and its resources. Three governments …

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Draft political deal for Libyan parties is ‘work in progress,’ UN envoy tells Security Council

Announcing today that he had outlined for the Security Council his draft proposal for a political agreement among Libya’s opposing factions, the United Nations envoy for the country warned that ongoing “chaos” there has sparked a series of dire events in the wider region – forcing thousands of desperate civilians …

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