available languages: english July 1, 2012

The Libyan constitution of 1951 has emerged as an important reference point for political leaders important to that country’s transitional to democracy. While re-establishing the past constitution’s executive monarchy is not a viable policy option, some politicians have argued that the rest of the constitution can remain and the monarchy be transformed into a presidential system. The constitution appears to be attractive because it contains provisions that protect human rights, promote transparency, and safeguard against antidemocratic consolidations of power according to contemporary international standards.

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