Two counter statements were issued by the Speaker of the HoR, Agila Saleh, and the President of the HSC, Khaled Meshri, reflecting some deep disagreement between them
1. There is a disagreement on the terms used to describe what was discussed in Geneva. Agila Saleh talked of a « draft Constitution », when Khaled Meshri described a « constitutional basis ». The UN generally talks of a « constitutional framework for elections »
This is an old disagreement that has its origins in the confusion around the process itself, and its relation, or not, to the controversial 12th Amendment. See our previous posts on this
2.The main reason for the process’ failure is the lack of agreement on the possibility for dual nationals to run for presidential elections and other public positions. This has been an outstanding conflict for years, and it fundamentally relates to Haftar’s ability to run or not
3. The HoR in its statement affirmed that agreement was reached on having the HoR located in Benghazi, while the Senate would be in Sebha. The HSC denied, & said that the Senate should be based in Tripoli. Seat distribution among each 3 regions was also an issue
Let’s recall that the CDA issued many statements opposing the legality of this entire Cairo/Geneva process, claiming that only the Libyan people can decide on their draft, and that it should not be amended before being put to referendum.
Others have regretted that fundamental discussions on the future constitutional proposal are taking place behind closed doors, with little consultations
Even if a new proposal was agreed upon, heated debates are expected about the electoral system of the referendum law!