TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Libya's interim parliament has set Feb. 20 as the date for a national election to choose a 50-member panel to draft the country's constitution.
Nouri Abu Sahmein, the head of the parliament — or General National Congress — made the announcement on Thursday.
Libya is going through a rocky transition following the overthrow of longtime dictator Moammar Gadhaf in 2011. Parliament is split between a bloc dominated by Islamists and another by non-Islamists, which delayed passage of a law governing the vote until last July. Many blamed the delay for impeding the transition.
Last month, the interim parliament extended its own mandate — due to expire in February— and changed the deadline for drafting the constitution to August. That will be followed by elections for a new parliament.