Egypt Welcomes Libyan Parties’ Agreement On “Majority” Of Draft Constitution

CAIRO, Jun 21 (NNN-MENA) – Egypt, yesterday, welcomed Libyan parties’ agreement on the majority of articles of a draft constitution, reached in Cairo.

Egypt welcomes the outcome of the third round of negotiations, between Libyan parties, to reach a constitutional consensus, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry Spokesman, Ahmed Hafez, said.

The talks, hosted by Cairo, in coordination with the United Nations, kicked off on Jun 12, and concluded yesterday.

Hafez expressed aspiration that the Libyan Constitutional Committee will continue its efforts and finalise the limited outstanding articles, as soon as possible.

In Mar, Libya’s eastern-based House of Representatives or the parliament, and the Tripoli-based High Council of State, formed a joint committee, to reach a firm constitutional basis for sooner national elections.

The two sides reached consensus on 137 articles of the constitution, in the previous round of talks in Cairo.

Observers believe the negotiations are the last chance to agree on a constitutional basis, for possible future elections. However, if the negotiations fail, it could threaten the ceasefire agreement, signed in Oct, 2020, and bring unprecedented relative stability to Libya.

Libya failed to hold general elections in Dec, 2021, due to disagreements on election laws among the Libyan parties.