Libya election bill draws criticism
Ten per cent of the proposed 200 Libyan constituent assembly seats will be reserved for women, the Libyan election preparatory committee announced Monday (January 2nd) on its website. The Libyan Human Rights Alliance, however, strongly criticised the proposed bill, AFP reported.
"As it is now, Libyan women currently make up over 50% of the population in Libya, and the idea that they will be strictly limited to only 20 seats is extremely outrageous," the group said, noting that Libyan women had worked hard during the revolution that toppled Moamer Kadhafi.
The draft bill also bars former Kadhafi regime officials from seeking office and requires candidates to be more than 25 years of age.
The constituent assembly election is slated for June.
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