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DC Council chairman says 'Jamal Khashoggi Way' will have to wait

Jamal Khashoggi (L) (Family Photo)

The effort to rename a D.C. street after murdered Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi has now hit a roadblock at DC Council.

The proposal would have ceremoniously renamed the stretch of New Hampshire Avenue from F Street to Juarez Circle as 'Jamal Khashoggi Way.' That’s right outside the Saudi Arabian embassy.

Despite a unanimous vote from the Advisory Neighborhood Commission that represents Foggy Bottom, the name change could have to wait at least two years.

That’s because DC Code says roads cannot be renamed in honor of someone if less than two years have passed since their death.

After Wednesday’s unanimous vote by ANC 2A, Council Member Jack Evans told ABC7 News he supported the honorary name change. There was talk of looking into a way to make an exception to DC Code so that the tribute to Khashoggi could happen quickly.

But on Thursday night, staff for Council Chairman Phil Mendelson said he would adhere to the law with no exceptions.

Khashoggi was murdered in October, less than two months ago.

If Mendelson stands his ground, that means it could be October 2020 before 'Jamal Khashoggi Way' becomes a reality outside the Saudi embassy, or on any other street in the District.

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