By Libya Herald staff.
Tripoli, 7 November 2014:
The House of Representatives has said that it will continue to operate . . .[restrict]as usual following yesterday’s verdict by the Supreme Court saying the court’s decisions was made under duress.
“The House of Representatives rejects the issued verdict in the given circumstances and assures its continuity and the continuity of its interim government as the only two legitimate representative bodies,” the house said in a statement.
It said Tripoli, where the verdict was issued and the Supreme Court deliberated, was “a city out of control, governed by armed militias which did not follow the country’s legitimate authority”. As such, the house stated: “ The verdict of the supreme court was made under threat of the use of arms.”
Reiterating its right to govern the House of Representatives said its legitimacy was derived from “the will of the Libyan people and through free, fair and direct elections”.
Commenting on the way the way the Supreme Court’s verdict had been reported in the media the house said some at best some coverage had been “misguided” and in other cases had attempted to “initiate chaos”.
The General National Congress, the predecessor to the the House of Representatives has said it will resume its legislative duties following a more than four month long hiatus. How it will do so is unclear given that many of its members have left the country.