Williams says Cairo meeting participants agreed on 43 new articles of Libya’s draft constitution

UN Adviser for Libya Stephanie Williams has confirmed that representatives of the High Council of State (HCS) and House of Representatives (HoR) in Cairo held the latest round of constitutional talks on 43 new items of the draft constitution, thus now agreeing on a total of 180 articles since the start of the talks.

Williams told the Arabi 21 website on Monday that the talks had made remarkable progress, stressing that this was the last round and that the joint HCS-HoR committee should come up with a constitutional framework for the elections.

She said that the progress made in the meeting and in total since the beginning is very remarkable and constitutes a means to achieve a solid constitutional framework, leading to the realization of the aspiration of the Libyan people to hold legislative and presidential elections.

Williams also confirmed that the elections meet the aspirations of around three million Libyan voters who registered with the National High Electoral Commission last year hoping that an election will be held. She pointed out that for this reason she demanded in her opening remarks on Sunday that those attending the Cairo talks be held accountable because this round is coming to a critical juncture, and all eyes are on Cairo’s outcome.

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