Libya’s Supreme Judicial Council Rejects Bouznika Outcomes


Libya’s Supreme Judicial Council (SJC), announced its rejection of the outcomes of the Moroccan, Bouznika meetings. It described it as foreign interference, and a violation of the sovereignty and independence of the judiciary.

Libya’s warring parties met in Morocco, in order to a find a political solution to the ongoing crises. Delegations from the eastern-based Libyan Parliament, and the Tripoli-based High Council of State (HCS) met face-to-face in Bouzinka. They are negotiating the appointment of positions for the country’s sovereign institution. The SJC denounced the distribution of positions based on geography and explained that “distributing positions on a geographical basis will not achieve the interests of Libyans. Libya adopts the competencies of its people without distinction between east, west, and south.”

The SJC stressed that appointing a President of the Supreme Court can only be done through consultation with the General Assembly of the Supreme Court. “The Attorney General can only be named, after consulting with the Supreme Judicial Council,” it noted. It also noted that, “Then the elected parliament shall appoint these positions after completing consultations on them, with the Supreme Court and the Supreme Judicial Council.”

The final agreement targeted the seven sovereign positions in the country, the Central Bank, the Attorney General, the Oil and Investment Institutions, the oversight and accounting bodies, and the fight against corruption. They will discuss the mechanisms of appointment, and the restructuring and distribution of these positions on a geographical basis.

Libya is divided between the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), and the eastern-based Libyan Parliament.