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Libya Needs Its Old Constitution If It Wants to Survive

July 4, 2018 Topic: Politics Region: Middle East Tags: LibyaConstitutionElectionsHaftarISIS

Libya Needs Its Old Constitution If It Wants to Survive

Why make a new constitution and risk the failure of elections when the old constitution provides a solid, proven framework?

Libya and its international backers face an array of formidable challenges in organizing elections this year. The best way, perhaps the only way, to overcome them is to re-engage Libyans in the process of setting the rules for the poll. Given the bleak alternatives available, reaching back to Libya’s successful origins would provide the best chance for the country to elect its way out of the current crisis.

Edward P. Joseph is the executive director of the National Council on U.S.-Libya Relations. His coauthors include: Dr. Hani Shennib, the president of the National Council on U.S.-Libya Relations, and Wolfgang Pusztai, the chairman of the advisory board of the National Council on U.S.-Libya Relations.

Image: A Libyan rebel stands guard near the entrance of Ras Lanuf August 27, 2011. REUTERS/Esam Al-Fetori (LIBYA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY CONFLICT)