HoR Speaker orders transfer of Libyan Supreme Court out of Tripoli
In a unilateral step by the House of Representatives (HoR) Speaker Aqila Saleh that aimed to plunge the judiciary into the political crisis, Saleh ordered re-organizing the Supreme Court, canceling decision of appointing Mohammed Al-Hafi as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court - a decision issued in May 2015 - as he was appointed by the expired General National Congress not the HoR.
The HoR order says Supreme Court sessions should be convened temporarily in Al-Bayda city in eastern Libya, saying convening in any other location would be illegal and so would any decisions.
This came days after Saleh had ordered Supreme Court members to take the official oath at the HoR not at the Supreme Court as it used to be, which divided the members into those who were sworn in by the HoR in Benghazi and others sworn in by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in Tripoli.
Observers believe that Saleh's decision
is a preemptive step before the meeting of the Supreme Court so that he can prevent the convening of the constitutional circuit court that the Supreme Court recently reactivated and was expected to look into a large number of appeals against the decisions of the HoR and the Speaker himself. They also believe that the Supreme Court apportioned by Saleh would convene in Al-Bayda and the others would convene in Tripoli, plunging Libya into a new type of fragmentation: the judiciary one, thus allowing the Supreme Court's rulings to be a subject of questioning and rejection.