An official with Libyan Constitutional Drafting Assembly(CDA) has told the Libya Herald that most members will go to Oman next week to continue its sessions there.
|The official did not say exactly how many will go. While there are only 56 members of the CDA rather than the 60 needed, decisions by the CDA require a two-thirds plus one majority. However, according to Mohamed Tumi, a Tripoli lawyer boycotting the committee, there are 11 boycotters in all. The boycotters are mostly from the west of Libya, Tripolitania, who feel that the east and the south, Cyrenaica and Fezzan get too many posts, given that two-thirds of the population reside in Tripolitania. The CDA has been demanding that posts be divided more or less equally in the three areas. The two Tebu and two Tuareg members from the two southern tribes have suspended participation because they feel their communities are being discriminated against. Some CDA members are trying to have the two-thirds majority based upon 56 rather than 60, which would mean 38 votes are needed to pass a resolution. Unverified reports claim four boycotters have returned, leaving only seven. Some members will refuse to go to Oman. While the CDA can meet anywhere it wants many do not understand why it cannot operate from a base in Libya such as Ghadames or Ghat.|
The CDA member said if the draft were not removed, no one would think of travelling to Oman to attend the CDA sessions, pointing out that she could not understand why they chose Oman in particular while Libya has many cities ready to fulfill this purpose, regarding this move as a foreign intervention in the CDA work.Formerly, 13 CDA members from the western regions of Libya boycotted the sessions to protest the outcome of the Work Committee and the decision-making mechanism.