2 DAYS AWAY
The meetings on 6 May failed to produce any results. The atmosphere in the Constitutional Assembly was becoming acrimonious. There was no longer evidence of the consensus-seeking mode that had previously characterised much of the process. The parties were playing hardball. Once again, fatigue was a major issue. The negotiators were worn out. In the words of Ray Radue:
You must remember that we had had a week in which we hardly went to bed before three in the morning and we went right through the night twice. In that situation, your body cries out for sleep and tempers become frayed and there’s the pressure of knowing that time was running out. All these factors made the process extremely difficult in those last 48 hours.