HoR postpones voting on referendum law to Tuesday

HoR postpones voting on referendum law to Tuesday

August 13, 2018 - 22:33
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Written By: SafaAlharathy

The Spokesman of the House of Representatives (HoR), Abdullah Belhiq confirmed Monday, the suspension of the voting session on the referendum law until Tuesday.

Belhiq said that the session was held in the presence of 91 members headed by First Deputy Fawzi al-Nuwairi, noting that the legal view of the consultative committee regarding the quorum required to pass the referendum law was circulated during the session.

Sources from the HoR have confirmed earlier today that the Consultative Committee commissioned by HoR speaker, Aqila Saleh to study the quorum needed to pass the referendum law; issued a resolution stating that the referendum law needs an absolute majority to be put in action.

It is well known that the term "absolute majority" means 50% of the valid votes plus one.

The HoR had failed two weeks ago and during two sessions to vote on the referendum law, due to the strong opposition from a number of MPs to the draft constitution submitted by the Constitution Drafting Assembly last year.

A large number of MPs reject the draft constitution for various reasons, including the advocates of federalism -which all come from the eastern region - because the constitution provides that Libya is one country and does not recognize splitting the country into regions. It is also opposed by supporters of Haftar for preventing military personals and holders of dual-nationality from running for the presidency, which clearly means excluding Haftar from the presidential elections.