Constitutional Union is a political organisation opposed to the
regime of the coup d'état, which brought Colonel Muammar Gaddafi
to power in Libya on 1st September 1969.
The LCU was
proclaimed in Manchester, England on 7th
October 1981; the 30th anniversary of the
Promulgation of Libya’s
The aim of the LCU is to
restore constitutional legitimacy to Libya and to re-establish the
rule of law.
The LCU called upon the
Libyan people to reiterate the pledge of allegiance to King Idris
El-Senusi as historical leader of the Libyan people's struggle for
independence and national unity, and rally around him as a symbol
of legality for the nation.
The Libyan Constitutional
Union emphasized the right of the Libyan people to restore justice
and thereafter to decide such form of body politic and system of
government as they may choose of their own free will in a
referendum to be conducted under international supervision within
a reasonable period following the restoration of constitutional
legality to the nation.
death of King Idris in May 1983, the LCU
called for the formation
assembly to serve as a basis for future democratic
institutions in Libya.
inception the LCU has maintained that the illegitimate regime of
Col. Gaddafi can only be effectively confronted by a united front
standing on legally solid ground. The only source of such
legitimacy is the
upon which basis the modern Libyan state gained
independence by a United Nation resolution in 1951. The LCU took
Libya’s flag of independence as its banner and invited all Libyan
opposition groupings to do the same.
For over three decades the LCU strived to bring to an end the tyrannical regime that
has ruled Libya with disastrous consequences since 1969.
The LCU supported the Libyan people’s
uprising of February 2011 since its early hours. Members of the
LCU were amongst the first to be present on international media,
explaining its motives and aims, counter the regime’s propaganda
machine and introduce it to world public opinion at large
The LCU tried to convince the National
Transitional Council (NTC) and other politically active bodies
through numerous public
statements and open letters
to reinstate the national constitution as a necessity of
protecting the Libyan people from the inevitable
downward spiral the country
would be trapped in as a result of the political vacuum left
behind by Gaddafi. The LCU took a conscious decision to take a
step back when our warnings were not headed and the NTC announced
its intention to adopt the "constitutional declaration"; which the
LCU chairman described as an "inadequate document hastily patched
up by unqualified individuals who lacked a popular mandate to
bypass the nation's legitimate constitution".