LIBYAPROSPECT – Tobruk
The spokesperson of the House of Representatives (HoR), Abdullah Bleheg, announced, on Tuesday, that the HoR agreed, on Tuesday, on the law of the constitution referendum.
Bleheg said that the HoR had agreed to fortify the article “6” of the law draft after amending the Constitutional Declaration in a meeting to be held after Eid Al-Adha.
The article “6” of the law draft says that the constitution should be adopted if it obtains the majority of two-thirds of the Libyan voters and by at least 51% of the registered voters in every constituency affiliated with the High National Elections Commission (HNEC). The referendum results would be transferred to the Constitution Drafting Assembly (CDA) to ratify the permanent constitution and then to the HoR to be adopted.
The HoR has to amend the Constitutional Declaration to avoid contesting the constitutionality of the article “6” because this article is contrary to the Constitutional Declaration.
Earlier on Tuesday, a source said that protesters gathered in front of the HoR HQ during the meeting. The protesters clashed with the guards of the HoR trying to cancel the meeting.
The HoR member, Saleh Hashem, was injured while trying to stop the armed clash.
The source said that one of the HoR members, who preferred not to be named, thought that the ones who were involved in the shooting are a mixture of the supporters of the commander of the Dignity Operation, General Khalifa Haftar, and the supporters of the former Libyan ambassador to the UAE, Al-Aref Al-Nayed.
The HoR member clarified that the supporters of Haftar and Al-Nayed refuse the constitution draft because adopting any permanent constitution would prevent the two leaders from becoming presidents in the expected general elections.
It is worth mentioning that the factions who refuse to adopt the constitution are still calling for holding elections without any constitution.