After rift, HCS Head and HoR Speaker agree to shelve Constitutional Court law

The Speakers of the House of Representatives (HoR), Aqila Saleh, and the Head of the High Council of State (HCS), Khalid Al-Mishri, agreed not to pass the law establishing the Constitutional Court “so as not to contradict the outcomes of the constitutional basis,” according to a joint statement signed in their names.

Saleh and Al-Mishri said that the statement came in response to the High Council of State’s rejection of the vote by the HoR on the draft law establishing the Constitutional Court.

The statement also indicated that the agreement stemmed from a sense of national responsibility and appreciation of the current circumstances.

The statement said that Saleh and Al-Mishri’s position came as a reassurance to all political parties regarding the controversy over the Constitutional Court law that had been issued by the HoR.

A few days ago, Saleh called on the HCS to side with the best interest of the country by resuming dialogue between their joint constitutional committees.

The spokesman for the HoR, Abdullah Blehiq, said on Facebook that the target of the dialogue would be resuming work on reaching a consensus on the few remaining articles of the constitution draft in order to “move forward with ending this critical period of the country’s history.”

The Head of the HCS, Khalid Al-Mishri, suspended earlier this month communication with the HoR until the latter retracted the decision to form a supreme constitutional court to be headquartered in Benghazi, saying this matter is a constitutional issue out of the scope of the legislative authority.

In a letter to Saleh, Al-Mishri explained that the HoR’s action undermined the trust they are trying to build between the two chambers, demolished efforts to reach consensus on the constitutional path and deepened the institutional division in the country.


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