Commission sets February vote on new constitution
BENGHAZI | The chairman of Libya’s elections commission said Thursday that the beleaguered North African nation will hold a referendum on a new constitution before the end of February.
The announcement signals a small step toward restoring unity and political stability after years of chaos that followed the 2011 uprising. But authorities have yet to agree on a date or mechanism for presidential or parliamentary elections, and the security situation remains volatile.
Moammar Gadhafi ruled Libya with an iron fist from 1969 until he was overthrown and killed in the uprising. The energy-rich nation is now governed by rival administrations in the east and west and has become a haven for armed groups, including several from neighboring countries, which survive on looting and human trafficking.