Libya's parliament speaker ratifies presidential election law amid disagreement on correct procedure

By Arab Weekly, 15 September
Libyan parliament speaker Aguila Saleh [photo credit: AFP / Mohamed El-Shahed)
Libyan parliament speaker Aguila Saleh [photo credit: AFP / Mohamed El-Shahed)
Libyan parliament speaker Aguila Saleh has ratified a law governing the country’s upcoming presidential election but sparked criticism from MPs and politicians who say he failed to follow due process. [...E]arlier this year, an interim government was established to lead Libya towards December parliamentary and presidential polls. [...] The long-awaited move sparked anger among the High Council of State (HCS) and a group of 22 lawmakers who criticised Saleh for not submitting the text to a parliamentary vote. The HCS, the equivalent of Libya’s senate based in Tripoli, decried Saleh’s “unilateral” decision. It accused him of trying to “grab powers he does not have” in order to “hamper the upcoming elections by deliberately promulgating a flawed piece of legislation”. The MPs said in a statement that ratifying the law without a vote violates parliament’s internal rules.
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