Libyan Parliament to Discuss Supreme Court Nominations

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The Libyan Parliament has invited all members to an official session, which will be held in the city of Benghazi, on Monday.

During the next session, the Parliament will discuss the High Council of State’s (HCS) letter regarding the nomination of the Head of the Supreme Court’s General Assembly. As well as a number of draft laws listed on the Parliament’s agenda.

The Speaker of the House, Ageela Saleh nullified the 2015 appointment of Mohamed Al-Hafi as Head of the Court. This was due to it being issued by the Court’s General Assembly, after the end of Al-Hafi’s term, and not by the Parliament itself.

Saleh’s decision also stipulated transferring the seat of the Supreme Court sessions to the city of Al-Bayda temporarily. It noted that the “Court’s convening at a location other than its legal seat is incorrect, and as a result, the measures it has taken are invalid.”

Last month, Supreme Court chancellors took their legal oaths before the Presidency of the Libyan Parliament, in the presence of Saleh.

During the same Parliamentary session, the House adopted Resolution No. (8) of 2022, regarding the appointment of chancellors to the Supreme Court.

Libya currently has two rival administrations, namely a Parliament-designated government led by Fathi Bashagha, and the de facto government in Tripoli, led by Abdel-Hamid Dbaiba.

Notably, Saleh “did not accept any offers, whether from the Head of the HCS, Khaled Al-Mishri, or from any other party, to form a new government,” his media advisor, Fathi Al-Marimi said.

The Speaker recently visited Turkey, during which he met President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and the Speaker of the Turkish Parliament. He described the meeting as “very productive.”

According to Turkey’s news agency, Yeni Shafak, Saleh said he wanted support from Ankara for the preservation of Libya’s territorial integrity. He added that he informed President Erdogan about the current political situation in Libya.