Libyan Supreme Judicial Council rejects Bouznika's output, considering it an attempt to strike at country's independence

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Wed, 27 Jan 2021 - 11:21 GMT

FILE PHOTO: Smoke rises during a fight between members of the Libyan internationally recognised government forces and Eastern forces in Ain Zara, Tripoli, Libya May 5, 2019. REUTERS/Ayman al-Sahili

FILE PHOTO: Smoke rises during a fight between members of the Libyan internationally recognised government forces and Eastern forces in Ain Zara, Tripoli, Libya May 5, 2019. REUTERS/Ayman al-Sahili

CAIRO – 27 January 2020: A state of rejection of the results of the recent Bouznika meeting on the sharing of sovereign positions between the Libyan parties prevails in Libya. The Supreme Judicial Council condemned the tendencies of Bouznika's dialogues, especially concerning the judiciary's work and their distribution to specific bodies.

 

In a Sunday statement, the Libyan Supreme Judicial Council renewed its rejection of the principle of regional quotas, as it regulates the work and presidency of judicial bodies per legal texts and constitution. The statement pointed out that the judiciary in Libya is elected according to the law.

 

The Supreme Judicial Council in Libya indicated that what happened in the Moroccan city of Bouznika is an attempt to strike the coherent judiciary in the east, west, and south.

 

A member of the Libyan House of Representatives, Ali al-Saidi, called for the necessity of the equitable distribution of the sovereign positions over the three regions, rejecting the final statement of the meeting of the delegations of Parliament and the State Council in Morocco.

 

Saeedi condemned the unfair distribution of the sovereign positions in the Libyan regions, indicating that the Fezzan region (southern Libya) will take a position on this unfair distribution, which has become a threat to the region and its people.

 

Saeedi pointed out that the Fezzan region is the future of the homeland and a symbol of peace, economy, and knowledge, not as some expect, stressing that the region has capabilities for building, giving, and leadership so the sovereign positions must be distributed based on coexistence and unity.

 

The delegations of the Libyan Parliament and the Supreme Council of State had agreed on the geographical distribution of the sovereign positions, in meetings in the Moroccan city of Bouznika.

 

According to one of the participants in the Bouznika meeting, Tripoli, the western region of Libya, will obtain the positions of the Attorney General and the Audit Bureau; Fezzan, the south, will obtain the Supreme Court and the Anti-Corruption Commission; while the Barcaia region, the east, will receive the Central Bank and the Administrative Control Authority.

 

Libyan MP Mohamed al-Raed said that the meeting of the Libyan "13 + 13" committee, which met in Morocco, had agreed to distribute the sovereign on the eastern, western and southern regions.

 

The "13 + 13" committee, which includes 13 members from the Libyan House of Representatives, and 13 others from the Supreme Council of State, is tasked with working on the tracks assigned to the House of Representatives and the Supreme Council of the state, which include the outcomes of the Libyan political dialogue, sovereign positions, and the constitutional path.

 

In Tripoli, 40 members of the High Council of State considered that the agreement on the distribution of sovereign positions reached in Bouznika, Morocco, is inapplicable unless the House of Representatives and the Supreme Council of State vote on it.

 

In a joint statement, the members stated that Bouznika's closing statement undermines the principles of competence, experience, equal opportunity and equality of rights and duties called for by laws, constitution, and principles of justice and equality.

 

Boutznika's statement had indicated that it had been agreed to form and name mini-working groups to take procedural steps regarding the occupants of sovereign positions.

 

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