Major uncertainty over new Constitution
Publish date: 07 August 2017
Issue Number: 737
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
The head of the committee tasked with writing Libya’s new Constitution has called on the eastern parliament to speed up with a referendum on a final draft. A report on the Voice of America site notes that the call by Nouh Abdel-Sayyed ‘to take all necessary measures to enable the Libyan people to practise their constitutional right’ came after days of confusion on whether his committee is following proper legal procedures. More than three years overdue, the draft still leaves many of Libya's key questions unanswered. Experts warn that its lack of clarity will pave the way for another phase of instability, which has plagued the country since the 2011 uprising that ousted long-time leader Muammar Gaddafi.