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Libya’s top court rejects elected assembly

By on November 6, 2014

Libya’s Supreme Court on Thursday declared the internationally recognised parliament as unconstitutional, in a ruling likely to fuel further chaos in the north African oil producing nation.

In a televised ruling likely to deepen these divisions and hamper United Nations mediation efforts, the Supreme Court invalidated the election of the House of Representatives, which has fled to the eastern city of Tobruk.

Libya is in chaos as two rival governments and parliaments are struggling for control of the country’s vast energy reserves three years after the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi. Dozens of armed groups have also joined the fray.

The June election produced an assembly with a strong showing of liberals and federalists, annoying Islamists with links to Operation Dawn, which seized Tripoli two months later.

The Supreme Court is based in Tripoli, where Dawn has reinstated the previous parliament, the General National Congress (GNC), where Islamists had been stronger.

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