In an event seen as a triumph for the rule of law, Ahmed Maetig accepted the decision of the Supreme Court ruling that his election by the General National Council (GNC) on the 4th of May as Libya’s Prime Minister was unconstitutional.
GNC’s Second President Saleh Makhzoum who chaired the election session of Maetig said that the Congress respects the decision of the court. Yet, he called for an emergency session to discuss it.
Maetig’s acceptance and resignation ends a month-long political deadlock over the legitimate Prime Minister. While this seems to be a judicial accomplishment and a victory for al-Thinni’s government, it is a political blow for the Muslim Brotherhood in Libya as the party and its allies supported Maetig as Libya’s PM.
It is unlikely that the GNC will be able to meet and elect a new PM before the elections for the House of Representatives that is due in two weeks. Therefore, al-Thinni’s government will operate until the elections are over and the country welcomes a new phase.
While this is indeed a triumph for the rule of law, the decision of the court might be pushed forward by the changing power dynamics in Libya as Haftar’s “Operation Dignity” against the Islamists continues.
The upcoming elections for the House of Representatives will prove to be a crucial step for Libya’s democratic process. The success of the elections will give Libya’s civil institutions a dose of legitimacy that it lost in favour of General Haftar and his violent crackdown which is already showing signs of disappointment.