Libya parliamentary blocs agree on snap polls

During their Sunday session, the blocs agreed that the new elections law should be finalized by end of March.

Libya parliamentary blocs agree on snap polls

World Bulletin / News Desk

The parliamentary blocs in Libya's interim General National Congress (GNC) agreed on holding early parliamentary elections in response to protests against a recently-approved "roadmap" extending the GNC's term by one year.

"The agreement came in the wake of protests opposed to the extension of the GNC's mandate and pressures by public figures who have met with leaders of the parliamentary blocs throughout this week," GNC spokesman Omar Humeidan told Anadolu Agency following a late Sunday session.

"The figures stressed the importance of holding early elections to extricate from the ongoing political crisis, but debates are still ongoing on the shape of the body that would take the authority, whether a new GNC, a parliament or a president," he added.

During their Sunday session, the blocs agreed that the new elections law should be finalized by end of March.

The elections commission should prepare for the snap elections once the electoral law is finalized, Humeidan said.

The GNC has not set any date for the elections, Humeidan added, noting that it would be up for the electoral panel to announce the date.

Libya has remained in political crisis since the GNC – the country's interim parliament – voted to extend by one year both its mandate and that of the transitional period instated following the fall of Gaddafi in late 2011.

Under an initial transitional timetable, parliament should have elected a constituent assembly, drafted a constitution, and put the draft charter to a popular referendum before holding parliamentary polls sometime before February.

The new GNC-endorsed timetable, however, stipulates that a constituent assembly be elected by February and a new constitution drafted by July, to be put to a vote by August. Parliamentary elections should be held by December, according to the new timeline.

The twin term extensions have met with anger on the part of many Libyans, who have called for protests aimed at pressuring parliament to reverse the move.

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