Libya legislature dissolves Fatwa authority

The parliament took the move after the mufti, al-Sadek al-Gheriani, declined several summoning orders by the legislature for questioning

Libya legislature dissolves Fatwa authority

World Bulletin/News Desk

Libya's House of Representatives (parliament) on Sunday voted with majority to dissolve the country's top authority for religious edicts after the latter's chief repeatedly questioned the legitimacy of the legislature.

Jalal al-Shuwaihidi, a member of the House of Representatives, which convenes in the eastern city of Tobruk, told Anadolu Agency that 68 lawmakers out of a total of 91 present had approved the dissolution of the agency.

The Fatwa authority, headed by a top cleric who is called mufti, should be comprised of a group of qualified jurists and clerics who give their opinions on matters of life in line with religious texts and the teachings of Islam's prophet Muhammad.

Al-Shuwaihidi said the parliament had also temporarily referred the work of the authority to the General Endowments Authority until the law regulating the agency is amended.

The parliament took the move after the mufti, al-Sadek al-Gheriani, declined several summoning orders by the legislature for questioning, according to al-Shuwaihidi.

Al-Gheriani even defied the parliament, saying he did not recognize the House of Representatives, and called on Libyans to bring it down.

On Thursday, a Libyan constitutional court said the June 25 elections that ushered in the House of Representatives had violated the Libyan constitution.

Al-Gheriani described the ruling as "victory."

Libya has been in turmoil ever since a popular uprising brought down the regime of longstanding leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

Prior to Thursday's ruling, the House of Representatives vied with the outgoing General National Congress convening in Tripoli – which was recently seized by the "Libya Dawn" militia – for legislative authority despite the expiry of the latter's mandate in August.

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