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D Law of Necessity

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Cyprus was inhabited by Greeks and Turks at the ratio of 82 percent and 18 percent respectively. The liberation struggle waged by the Greek Cypriots against the British occupation of the country that took a dynamic form from the year 1955 created tension between the two communities. The Supreme Court would be composed of the Greek and Turkish Cypriot Judges of the Supreme Constitutional Court and the High Court. The law of necessity inheres in every legal system. The right to declare a state of emergency vests in the Council of Ministers subject to confirmation by the House of Representatives. The law of necessity continued to provide the basis for the rule of the country with the courts ever watchful to see that its bounds were not transgressed. The Supreme Court underlined, time and again, that the doctrine of necessity provides no warrant for supplanting or bypassing constitutional order.

Keywords: constitutional order; Greek Cypriots; High Court; house of representatives; law of necessity; Supreme Court



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