Libyan Journalist, Poet and Political Activist.
Founder of the Doha based Libyan TV Channel; Libya for the Free - ليبيا لكل ألاحرار
الثلاثاء، 10 يونيو 2014
Libya _Libyan court says PM's election invalid&
Libya's Supreme Court
ruled on Monday that parliament's election of Prime Minister Ahmed
Maiteeq a month ago was unconstitutional, a ruling that could reduce
volatile political tensions in the major OPEC member state.
It also raised hope that some oil ports occupied for 10 months by
rebels in Libya's east will reopen. In April, rebels signed an accord with the
government of Maiteeq's predecessor to unblock the vital Mediterranean ports but
its implementation stalled when they refused to deal with Maiteeq, a
Port rebel leader Ibrahim Jathran welcomed the Supreme Court
ruling, according to a statement.
Maiteeq said he would accept the court
decision, which reinstates Abdullah al-Thinni as caretaker premier, according to
parliament's deputy speaker.
Libya has had two premiers - Thinni and
Maiteeq - with two cabinets since the latter got elected in a chaotic vote by
parliament a month ago, compounding a sense of anarchy and drift three years
after the uprising that overthrew Muammar Gaddafi.
Gaddafi's one-man rule
over 42 years left Libya without credible governing institutions and security
services to impose state authority on ex-rebels and Islamist militants, who now
use armed muscle to carve out fiefdoms and make demands on
Thinni had originally resigned in April after what he said was a
shooting attack on his family home by militiamen, but then refused to hand over
power to Maiteeq pending a court decision.
"The ruling stated... the
appointment of Mr Ahmed Maiteeq as premier of the interim government was
unconstitutional," state television quoted the court as saying, without citing
the legal basis of its decision.
Parliament's second deputy speaker Salah
Makhzoum told reporters that lawmakers would respect the ruling. "Abdullah
Al-Thinni is the caretaker prime minister until congress (parliament) learns the
court's reasons for deciding Maiteeq's election was unconstitutional."
Parliament will discuss the matter further on Tuesday, he said.
The General National Congress (GNC) is at the heart of a
growing confrontation among rival political parties and brigades of former
rebels who refuse to disarm and have allied themselves loosely on competing
sides of the polarised legislature.
Those rivalries approached open
conflict last month after a renegade former general, Khalifa Haftar, began a
self-declared campaign with irregular forces to purge Islamist militants he says
the central government in Tripoli has failed to challenge.
allied to Haftar stormed parliament briefly last month, accusing lawmakers of
having no legitimacy and serving the interests of radical
Maiteeq comes from Misrata, a western coastal city where the
Islamist Muslim Brotherhood is strong but faces strong opposition in the east
and in the western mountains.
In a brief statement Maiteeq said: "I do
respect the rule of the Supreme Court and I am the first one who complies with
the rule. What happened is devoted to the peaceful transfer of power and the
first winner is the Libyan people."
Libya badly needs a functioning
government and the reactivation of oil exports - the only notable source of
state revenue - to prevent a wholesale collapse of state
Tripoli has no budget because the protests at oil ports and
fields by militias and tribesmen making political and financial demands have
reduced crude output to less than 200,000 bpd from 1.4 million bpd in July
before the strikes started.
Libya has lost $30 billion from the oil
strikes, a central bank official said last week.