March 2 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The High Council of State of Libya has approved this Thursday an amendment to the provisional Constitution of the country that paves the way for long-awaited elections that are scheduled for November 2023 at the latest.
The body, led by Khalid al Mishri, has given the “green light” to the text during an emergency session held at the headquarters of the High Council in Tripoli and has been approved by the majority of its members, as reported by the newspaper ‘The Libya Herald’.
The amendment was previously voted by the House of Representatives, located in the city of Tobruk, in eastern Libya, and establishes the functions, as well as the eligibility criteria of the main senior officials and government bodies: the president, the prime minister and Parliament.
The High Council of State has also reported on its official Facebook profile that, during the session, the members have agreed to the formation of a committee that will have to be approved by vote and will serve to draft electoral laws.
The roadmap for the elections, initially scheduled for the end of 2021, is completely paralyzed by the conflict between Tripoli and the parallel authorities in the east of the country, and the security of the population is threatened by sporadic clashes between armed groups, particularly in areas close to oil fields.