54 members of the HCS rebuff Parliament's recent moves

54 members of the HCS rebuff Parliament's recent moves

February 16, 2022 - 12:02
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Written By: SafaAlharathy

A group of 54 members of the High Council of State (HCS) have reaffirmed their rejection of the Parliament's move to appoint a new prime minister at a session held on Thursday, February 10.

The constitutional amendment approved by the House of Representatives (HoR) is an incomplete procedure until it is discussed and voted on in an official and open session at the HSC with a quorum of two-thirds of the members, the block said in a statement.

They insisted that the provisions of the proposed constitutional amendment contradict the political agreement and the constitutional declaration regarding the voting mechanism by the described majority, which is two-thirds of the members of the House of Representatives, not an absolute majority (50% + 1).

There were also other points in their objection, such as the proposed 12th constitutional amendment, which they said lacked the guarantees required to end the current transitional phase.

Moreover, they referred to legal voids in some articles of the proposed constitutional amendment that need to be addressed.

The block reiterated their rejection to withdraw confidence from the government of the incumbent Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah.

"The House of Representatives move on the executive path included several violations, including that withdrawing confidence from the Prime Minister does not fall within the HoR's mandate given that his assignment in the first place was not passed through the House."

They called on Parliament members - whom the statement described as partners - and their colleagues in the High Council of State to agree to create conditions necessary for holding parliamentary elections within a period not exceeding three months.

"The elected parliament will complete the constitutional process, assign a government, and unify institutions," the statement concluded.