By Libya Herald reporter.
Tunis, 3 January 2017:
The Constitution Drafting Assembly (CDA) has elected Nuh Abdel Sayed Al-Maghrabi as its new president in succession to Ali Tahouni who was forced to resign last year after losing a legal challenge over his having American as well as Libyan citizenship.
Thirty members took part in today’s election in Beida, the CDA rapporteur Ramadan Eltweger told the Libya Herald. Magharbi won in the second round against Omar Al-Nass.
It is not clear whether the move will resolve divisions in the CDA and allow it to now work effectively. A number of members are boycotting it and reject the “final” version of the constitution unveiled last year. That version was effectively rejected too by a court in Beida last May, which ruled an amendment to the voting quorum was illegal. That ruling, which was subsequently upheld by an appeals court in November, rendered the proposed constitution illegal.
According to according to Eltweger there has been no comment so far from the boycotters about Magharbi’s election.
Last month, they welcomed the appeal court ruling.