Karami Urges Constitutional Council to Give Jamali's Seat to Taha Naji

The National Dignity List led by MP Faisal Karami on Thursday criticized the Constitutional Council for not declaring the win of Taha Naji after invalidating the 2018 election of Dima Jamali in Tripoli's parliamentary elections.

In a statement recited by Karami, the list said the ruling “violated all constitutional and legal rules and the simplest standards of justice and fairness.”

Describing the decision to revoke Jamali's membership of parliament as correct, the list said the council erred when it declared the vacancy of Tripoli's fifth Sunni seat.

“It is our right to draw this council's attention to the fact that it does not have jurisdiction to come up with new explanations when the text -- which stipulates the win of the candidate who gets the highest fraction (in the proportional counting) of votes -- is clear,” the list added.

“Accordingly, the Constitutional Council's ruling in this regard is invalid and marred by essential flaws,” it said.

“The members of the Constitutional Council, who are among Lebanon's top judges, should have declared the win of the candidate who won the challenge instead of ordering by-elections,” the list went on to say.

“We renew our appeal against the Constitutional Council's ruling and call on it to abide by the legal text that is in line with logic and the constitution,” it urged.

And blaming the council for the constitutional “heresy,” the Karami-led list said “the biggest responsibility fall on the political authority,” which has “begun its work by the biggest corruption process that violates the constitution, the law and reason.”

“The arguments of the Constitutional Council have confirmed Taha Naji's victory but political influence has turned the Constitutional Council into a tool for stealing this win,” the list added.

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