Libya court recognizes Tobruk parliament polls

BENGHAZI – A Libyan court on Thursday overturned a previous court ruling considering the elections of Libya's House of Representatives unconstitutional.

The court – in the eastern city of Al-Bayda – ordered a suspension of the previous ruling, which was issued by a constitutional department at another court in Libyan capital Tripoli on Nov. 6 of 2014.

On Thursday, the Al-Bayda court said its ruling would mean that the Nov. 6 ruling of the Tripoli court was null and void.

The House of Representatives, which convenes in the eastern city of Tobruk, was vying for legislative authority with the General National Congress, which convenes in Tripoli, although its mandate had come to an end months ago.

Each of the two parliaments supported two different governments and two different sets of institutions.

Libya has remained in a state of turmoil since a bloody uprising ended the autocracy of longstanding ruler Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

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