Libyan armed forces commanders from the east, south, and west are all gathered in Marj, the headquarters of commander-in-chief of the Libyan National Army (LNA), General Khalifa Haftar.
|Commanders and Haftar are discussing events in Libya since the arrival of the UN-brokered Presidency Council of the Government of National Accord (GNA). Seven of the nine Council members are headquartered at a naval base adjacent to Tripoli. Those at the meeting included Colonel Idris Madi who heads the LNA western Operations Room. Brigadier-General Abdussalam Al-Hassi briefed Madi about events in Benghazi who heads local operations there.|
Yesterday, however, he and two of his main commanders, Major General Saqr Geroushi and Colonel Wanis Bukhamada held talks in Marj with HoR President Ageela Saleh. While in the town, Saleh also met with Hafter’s political ally, boycotting Presidency Council member Ali Gatrani, as well as Cyrenaican tribal leaders, mayors and members of the HoR, and together insisted there would be no dealings with the Presidency Council and the GNA until it was approved by the HoR.This was followed by a meeting of members of the HoR and important officials who said that the GNA was not legitimate until formally approved by the HoR and if its demand were not met, including keeping Haftar as commander in chief, Cyrenaica could separate. There has also been a demand that the Presidency Council go to Tobruk and present the new government to the HoR. According to the Herald there are reports this is to happen. When it does the meeting will be crucial to what happens next in Libya.