TRIPOLI, Feb. 9 — The Libyan Supreme Court Wednesday postponed
its final ruling on the suspension of the draft constitution until Feb. 14.
“The Supreme Court in Tripoli has postponed the session of its final
verdict on a judicial decision to suspend the draft constitution until Feb.
14,” Siddiq Al-Dresi, spokesman for the Libyan Constitution Drafting
Assembly, told Xinhua. Al-Dresi said that a decision is likely to be
made in favor of the ruling of the Court of Appeals in Al-Baida, a city in
eastern Libya. In August 2017, the appeals court ruled that the draft
constitution should be suspended on grounds that the Assembly held the
voting session on a holiday. “It is all in the hands of the judiciary, and
we are for its final ruling,” said Al-Dresi. “If the Supreme Court upholds
the decision of the Al-Baida court, it means that the draft is null. The
Constitution Drafting Assembly must hold consultation meetings, prepare a
new draft, and present it to the Parliament again for referendum by the
Libyan people,” Al-Dresi added. The Constitution Drafting Assembly last
July voted for a draft constitution and presented it to the Parliament.
However, the Parliament refused to issue a referendum law at that time. – XINHUA