LIBYAN PM URGES ISSUING REFERENDUM LAW TO END POLITICAL STALEMATE

Libya's UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez Serraj on Saturday called for an end to the Libya political stalemate by issuing the referendum law on the draft constitution.

Serraj made his remarks in a televised speech on the 7th anniversary of the Libyan uprising that toppled former leader Muammar Gaddafi's regime.

"What matters to us today is to end the crisis our country is going through. We believe that the only way out is to achieve comprehensive national reconciliation, which ends the state of division and emphasizes the values of tolerance and popularization," he said.

"It is time to end the current political stalemate. This move starts by referendum on the draft constitution, of which controversy was ended by the Supreme Court two days ago," Serraj noted.

Last July, the constitution drafting assembly voted for a draft constitution and presented it to the parliament.

However, the parliament said it refused to issue a referendum law pending a court ruling regarding the validity of the drafting procedures.

A month later, the appeals court ruled that the draft constitution should be suspended on grounds that the Assembly held the voting session on a holiday.

However, the Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that the administrative judiciary is not competent to hear cases against the constituent assembly.

Since the fall of Gaddafi's regime seven years ago, Libya has been struggling to make a democratic transition amid insecurity and political division.

Source: NAM News Network

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