HoR approves Benghazi-based constitutional court bill, HCS rejects

The House of Representatives (HoR) approved with majority the Constitutional Court bill, with its permanent headquarters being in Benghazi, eastern Libya. It also changed the Supreme Court in Tripoli’s function into an Appeals Court, a statement by the HoR spokesman Abdullah Blehiq said.

The decision came in the official session in Benghazi, without mentioning the quorum of HoR members.

HoR Speaker Aqila Saleh proposed the bill in last October for the Constitutional Court to function as constitutional circuit court of the Supreme Court amid accusations by political parties to Saleh of trying to control the judicial institution in Libya.

The High Council of State (HCS) rejected the HoR’s decision and said it was a violation of the constitutional basis, calling on the HoR to retract the decision.

“Any amendments to the judicial authority needs to be through a constitution that has been approved by the people via a referendum or an consensual constitutional amendment acceptable to all parties.” The HCS said.


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