Meeting in eastern Libya condemns sanctioning of HoR president, threatens separation
In a statement following a meeting of mayors, members of the House of Representatives (HoR) and tribal and other leaders from Cyrenaica, the group reacted angrily to sanctioning of HoR president Ageela Saleh by the EU.
|They were also angry at the arrival of the Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli. The acceptance of the GNA in the west and to some degree in the south has been growing. This statement, however, shows that the new government is not yet one of national accord.|
“The Arab Libyan Military forces led by Khalifa Haftar are a red line that cannot be crossed.” The statement said, adding that the post of the Commander in Chief of the military forces should go to Aqilah Saleh being the president of the parliament. According to Skhirat agreement, the powers of the Commander in Chief of the military forces move to the Presidency Council of Skhirat government.The GNA has ignored the fact that it should be the head of the LNA. The Observer notes as well that Abu Buera, a member of the HoR and a federalist had called for a military council led by Khalifa Haftar to run the country. On Monday, we will see if there is a meeting of the HoR and enough HoR members show up to deal with these crucial issues. I expect not. Kobler and others will be rushing to the east trying to bring the HoR on board with promises they will probably find are impossible to keep without destroying the GNA.