By Libya Herald reporter.
Benghazi, 17 October 2015:
In a move that is expected to be rejected by the internationally-recognised House of Representatives . . .[restrict]in Tobruk, Mohamed Al-Ghamoudi Al-Hafi was sworn into office as the head of the Libyan Supreme Court by the General National Congress (GNC) leader Nuri Abu-Sahmain.
Thursday’s ceremony comes five month after his predecessor, Kamal Al-Dahan, stepped down. According to the pro-GNC Tripoli office of the Libyan news agency LANA, Al-Hafi was then appointed by the GNC to serve as acting head of Supreme Court.
Constitutionally, all appointments to the Supreme Court have to be made by the nominally independent Supreme Judicial Council, not by a legislature, in this case the GNC. One of the arguments against the controversial November decision by the Supreme Court on the House of Representatives was that a number of judges taking part were appointed by the justice minister in the Tripoli administration of Omar Hassi, not by the Council. [/restrict]