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Palestine High Court removes Attorney General from post

The Palestinian Authority (PA) headquarters, Al-Muqata, in Ramallah [File photo]
The Palestinian Authority (PA) headquarters, Al-Muqata, in Ramallah [File photo]

The Palestinian High Court of Justice removed the Palestinian Authority Attorney General on Tuesday following a complaint that he was nominated for the post illegally because he did not receive the required number of votes. PA President Mahmoud Abbas went ahead regardless and appointed Ahmed Barrak despite this failure to fulfil the legal requirement for the position.

According to Al-Wattan Voice, after listening to the arguments of the complainant and discussing appeals against his nomination, Barrak was summoned to the court to clarify its reasons for accepting the complaint against him. He has 15 days in which to lodge an appeal against the decision.

The lawsuit was filed by lawyer Mu’taz Ishtiwi on behalf of his client Mohammad Al-Harini, another lawyer. The suit prompted the High Court of Justice to issue urgent decision number 16/2019 on Tuesday.

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