In parallel with the anniversary of the 17 February uprising, Libya is preparing to welcome the arrival of Libya's former crown prince, Prince Muhammad al-Hassan al-Rida al-Senussi

Everything ready in Libya to welcome the Crown Prince

PHOTO/REUTERS - El Parlamento libio se reúne para discutir la aprobación del nuevo gobierno, en Sirte, Libia, el 8 de marzo de 2021
The Libyan Parliament meets to discuss the approval of the new government, in Sirte, Libya, March 8, 2021 (PHOTO/REUTERS)

The context of the major transformations taking place in the country include preparations to announce a comprehensive national agreement and calls by influential political parties to adopt the 1951 Constitution, which established the United Kingdom of Libya along with the establishment of the Libyan state. 

Since 2017, the president's headquarters has become the home of the Presidential Office, which became the headquarters of the presidential function, including official activities led by Fayez Al-Sarraj and the President and Foreigners meeting. 

Italian media reported that Prince Senussi may visit the capital, Tripoli, to mark the 13th anniversary of the 17 February uprising. Agence Nova reported from Libyan sources that efforts are underway to facilitate the emir's return to the North African country to commemorate the anniversary of the 2011 Libyan revolution. 

AFP/MAHMUD TURKIA - Celebraciones que conmemoran el décimo aniversario de la revolución de 2011 en Trípoli, Libia 17 de febrero de 2021
Celebrations marking the tenth anniversary of the 2011 revolution in Tripoli, Libya February 17, 2021 (AFP/MAHMUD TURKIA)

Regional authorities in the east seem to be interested in this issue and do not appear to be opposed to the return of a constitutional monarchy and the 1951 constitutional guarantees that grant broad powers to regional autonomous bodies. 

On Libya's Independence Day, Al-Senussi stressed the need to find unity in the country after years of tension and conflict. To this end, he proposed a return to the independent 1951 constitution, which expresses the national identity and, he said, would "realise the collective desire for a democratic constitutional monarchy". 

PHOTO/AFP - Cámara de Representantes de Libia (HOR) celebra una sesión de emergencia en la ciudad oriental libia de Bengasi el 4 de enero de 2020 para discutir la posible intervención militar de Turquía en apoyo al gobierno reconocido por la ONU con sede en Trípoli
Libya's House of Representatives (HOR) holds an emergency session in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi January 4, 2020 to discuss Turkey's possible military intervention in support of the UN-recognised government based in Tripoli (PHOTO/AFP)

In May last year, the crown prince said that when the situation in Libya stabilises, the rule of law and a return to a constitutional monarchy are normalised, Libya will continue to play a positive role in accordance with its interests, capabilities and circumstances. 

Observers believe that the return of the crown prince to Tripoli will be the starting point of an internal movement that will expose itself to political, social and cultural developments in various parts of the country and present a project based on the principle of a return to the historical division of the country into three regions, guarantees of public and private freedoms, the separation of powers and the use of the ballot box, and the creation of regional and national governments.