Tripoli Court

The Tripoli Court of Appeal ruled on Monday to annul the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed by the Government of National Unity with Turkey regarding cooperation in the field of hydrocarbons, which was signed in 2022.

Lawyer Thuraya Al-Twaibi said that the court ruled in favor of her and her colleagues who appealed the MoU, thanking her fellow lawyers, the judge, and the lawyer who appeared on behalf of the plaintiffs after they were exposed to circumstances that prevented them from being present during the sessions, according to a post on her Facebook page.

On January 10, 2023, the Third Circuit (Administrative Judicial Circuit) of the Tripoli Court of Appeal ruled to halt the implementation of memorandums of understanding between the GUN and Turkey in the field of hydrocarbon energy.

On October 3, 2022, the GNU signed the memorandum of understanding, during a visit conducted by a high-level delegation from Ankara that included the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Defense, Energy and Trade, the National Security Advisor, the Head of the Presidential Communications Department, and the Chief of the General Staff.

The GUN's signing of the MoU for cooperation in the field of hydrocarbons sparked reactions opposing this step from the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aqila Saleh, the parallel government, and a number of members of the House of Representatives, the High Council of State, and the Political Dialogue Forum.

They justified their position by the lack of jurisdiction of the Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah to sign any agreements that entail long-term obligations on the Libyan state, according to what is stipulated in the priorities of the executive authority in the roadmap for the preliminary phase of the comprehensive solution approved by the Political Dialogue Forum during the Tunisian meetings in November 2020 under the auspices of United nations.