Amazighs Throw Wrench in Consensual and Constitutional Elections on December 24 |
By Sami Zaptia.
London, June 18, 2021:
The Libyan Supreme Amazigh Council (ASC) yesterday renewed its rejection of the Libyan draft constitution and referendum on it, or its adoption as the constitutional basis for a single election, and rejected any constitutional rule – unless all components Libyan ethnic groups do not agree.
The statement appears to put the brakes on attempts to hold consensual, constitutional and timely elections on December 24, 2021.
The Amazighs, remember, withdrew their participation in the Libyan Constitutional Drafting Authority (CDA), the elected body that drafted the current draft constitution, currently awaiting a legally prescribed referendum. The constitution’s drafting rules state that all ethnic minority groups in Libya must approve it.
In its statement following its emergency meeting on Wednesday, the ASC accused unnamed parties of trying to push through programs with specific goals and interests.
He called for equitable representation of all Libyans in accordance with cultural and ethnic diversity and geographic distribution, and to ensure equitable representation of Amazigh women in the quota of Libyan women.
The ASC called on UNSMIL, as the official sponsor of the political consensus between the parties, to intervene and build consensus in a way that preserves the rights of components of the Libyan people.
In conclusion, he affirmed his attachment to the unity, sovereignty and security of Libya and that his people will not be neglected, and that they will live there with their freedom and full rights and that their hands are extended for the good of the fatherland.
Bloc of HoR and HSC members call for adoption of draft constitution for ad hoc elections
It will be recalled that in two separate declarations published on June 10, 51 deputies of the House of Representatives and 91 members of the High Council of State called for the adoption of the draft constitution, as a provisional constitution for a presidential election and legislative – without holding a referendum on it.
Rejection of the constitution in a referendum
Avoiding the referendum aims to save time and avoid the possibility that the draft constitution will be rejected in the public referendum. In addition, the results of the referendum would be challenged in court because the Amazighs did not approve the draft constitution.
All of this would mean that the December 24, 2021 elections would not be held on time and could put Libya into another divisive political cycle that could even lead to renewed fighting.
Despite this, UNSMIL and the international community are pushing Libya to hold the elections on time.
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