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The Libyan Political Dialogue Forum to discuss future constitutional settlement


The Libyan Political Dialogue Forum to discuss future constitutional settlement

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The Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) will host an online meeting today to discuss selection criteria for a post-reform Presidency Council and Prime Ministership. 

The meeting will build upon an LPDF summit held in Tunis earlier in the month that established a roadmap for free and fair elections to be held on December 24, 2021, 70 years to the day since Libya first declared independence from Italy. 

This session will address the selection and eligibility criteria for candidates in free elections, which will likely include a candidate’s age, residence, and connections to previous governments or militant factions. Special focus is likely to be placed on female representation in the Presidency Council and Parliament after the LPDF created a framework for female participation in government at the Tunis summit.

While UN and LPDF representatives are optimistic, Libyan tribal leadership has warned that the agreement disregards the ethnic and sectarian balance of Libya and has accused the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) of exaggerating their optimism and accomplishments to portray a false sense of unity. If tribal leaders, who hold considerable power in Libyan politics, reject the agreement then further conflict and division will likely nullify any progress made. 

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