The Libyan National Army (LNA) associated with the House of Representatives (HoR) government based in Tobruk has named Colonel Ahmed Larabi the mayor of Benghazi the largest city in eastern Libya and suspended the council.
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|Larabi is a senior intelligence chief in the LNA which is commanded by General Kahlifa Haftar. Neither Haftar nor the HoR recognize the UN-backed Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA). Activists claim the move is illegal and a prelude to military rule. The news agency LANA claims the move was made without consulting local legislators. Some pro-democracy activists claim that Haftar has no intention of joining with the GNA and military rule is inevitable. Awad al-Gwayri, who is a member of the council, which has been suspended, said: "If the military wants to run things this way, it must abolish all laws and declare martial law. Our election was legitimate.” Larabi has been named military commander of the city.|
Some might think the decision goes at odds with local administration law no.56 for 2012, but appointing a military commander is like announcing state of emergency, which justifies stopping some laws till security and stability prevail, especially in Benghazi, where war is ongoing.