New POMED Backgrounder: Previewing Libya’s Elections
The Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED) is pleased to announce the release of a new backgrounder ahead of Saturday’s elections in Libya, the first national elections in the country since 1965. As Libyans head to the polls to elect the 200 members of the General National Congress – who will in turn select the authors of Libya’s constitution – confusion and questions still surround the exact nature of the body being elected, the election process, and the parties and candidates running.
In this 16-page report, POMED aims to clarify some of these issues by detailing the legal framework of the elections, addressing a number of questions regarding the electoral process, and providing profiles of several of the major parties competing in the elections. The backgrounder also includes links to English-language translations provided by POMED staff for most of the relevant declarations and legal documents that provide the framework for the elections. We hope that this backgrounder provides useful information for those covering or following Libya’s forthcoming elections and the formation of its General National Congress and Constituent Assembly, and we welcome any questions or comments you may have.
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