Libya Reaches Deal to Hold Constitutional Referendum

Egypt endorses process after talks

The Egyptian Foreign Ministry reports that Libya’s negotiations have reached a deal wherein they will hold a referendum on a draft constitution. This will happen before December 24’s national elections, but a date has not been set.

The foreign ministry statement endorsed the process, which suggests that they believe it will support Gen. Khalifa Hafter, whose coup attempts have been backed by the Egyptian junta. They added that there will be talks in Egypt next month to settle on details of the road map to referendum and election.

Since the NATO-imposed regime change in 2011, the UN has struggled to establish a government in Libya. Several self-proclaimed or UN-proclaimed gorups have come and gone, and this past year it was down to the Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli, and Hafter’s “Libyan National Army” (LNA), with its own parliament in Tobruk.

A ceasefire is now in place, creating space to resolve the matter with the move toward an election. That’s not the first time a deal has been reached, however, and it remains to be seen if this will hold, or just means a new rival faction will be established to contest them.

Author: Jason Ditz

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