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Saleh calls for House of Representatives and presidential elections by February 2018

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House of Representatives (HoR) President Ageela Saleh has called for a fresh parliamentary elections to be held by February 2018 according to House of Representatives spokesman Fathi Al-Maryami. Saleh also wants Presidential elections to take place at the same time. The news comes a day after the HoR voted to suspend its involvement in the Libya Dialogue process because of fighting in the central oil crescent region, and is seen as a response to this. Ageela Saleh is said to have wanted progress on the dialogue team. His decision to call for direct presidential elections (and possibly even those for the HoR) is likely to be contested, as it is not his to make and had already the subject of legal action. Back in 2014, the then General National Congress decided that the future HoR would choose whether a president should be directly elected or appointed by the HoR itself. This never happened. Moreover, the issue is further complicated by the notorious Supreme Court ruling in November 2014 which opponents of the HoR took to mean that the elections for it had been nullified and that therefore it did not exist.


Regulation Law approved on Wednesday; second and third readings on the go

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After a marathon session, the Knesset’s Constitution, Law, and Justice Committee approved the Regulation Law on Wednesday morning, paving the way for the second and third readings in the Knesset next week. The Regulation Law, crafted in response to demolition orders issued by the Supreme Court against the town of Amona in Samaria, would protect communities over the Green Line from ex post facto claims of ownership on their land by absentee landlords. If passed, the Regulation Law would allow verified owners claiming property rights to be compensated at 125% of the value of the real estate prior to the improvements created by the towns in question.

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