Coup leaders in Libya continue to hold headquarters at Roxios hotel in Tripoli
It is now a week (October 21) since members of the General National Congress (GNC) Salvation government seized the headquarters of the High State Council of the Government of National Accord (GNA)
|The High State Council is composed of former members of the GNC who now support the GNA. It is mainly an advisory body although recently declared that it was now also the legislature of the GNA. The coup leaders claim that they are the legitimate government of Libya even though no international powers recognize them and all their ministries went over to the GNA. However, there is a great deal of dissatisfaction with the performance of the GNA. The Presidential Guard, whose function is to guard the Council and others within the GNA defected and support the coup.|
Major conflict is feared between pro-GNA militias in Tripoli, like those led by Haithem Tajouri and Abdel Ghani al-Kikli (known as Gheniwa), and Islamist and Misratan militias who support Khalifa al-Ghwell and a GNC comeback. Both forces have mobilised extensive arms on the streets in Tripoli in anticipation of a showdown. Although Tajouri and Gheniwa nominally support the GNA, they have so far focused only on protecting the areas of Tripoli which they control. Gheniwa is refusing to start a war on his turf, which is where the Presidential Palaces seized by Ghwell are located, while Tajouri has barricaded Tripoli’s Martyr’s Square to prevent hard-liners and Islamist forces from gathering there and triggering clashes.However, it seems that pro-GNC forces have already been demonstrating their strength in parades through Tripoli. The GNA shows no sign of strength while the coup plotters appear to be gaining support.