Fathi Bashagha, head of the new Libyan “stability government”, appointed by parliament, announced that his government “will work from the city of Sirte” after the failure of his attempt, the day before yesterday, to enter the capital, Tripoli, while his rival Abdel Hamid al-Dabaiba, head of the “Libyan Unity Government” confirmed. The interim government continues to perform its duties as “the only guarantee for the Libyans to hold the elections.”
Al-Dabaiba said that he made military changes in light of the continued military build-up of armed militias in separate areas of the capital.
Dabaiba, as the Minister of Defense in the “unity” government, relieved Osama Juwaili of his duties as director of the Military Intelligence Department, and assigned his assistant the tasks entrusted to him, until a new director was appointed. The head of the Libyan intelligence service, Mustafa Kaddour, also relieved the leader of the Al-Nawasi Brigade from his position as deputy to the agency.
Dabaiba, who considered that “the extension and coup project committed political suicide”, assured all diplomatic missions, representatives of countries and embassies that the security situation is stable in Tripoli, and that they can perform their normal duty. He praised the elements and leaders of the security services, which “deal firmly to maintain security and prevent the infiltrating gang from creating chaos.”
On the other hand, Bashagha accused a large financial institution in Libya (which he did not specify) of supporting the battalions, which moved against his entry into Tripoli, pointing out that some of its leaders are “internationally wanted, and international organizations accused them of crimes.” But Muhammad al-Manfi, head of the Presidential Council, ignored commenting on the Tripoli clashes, and reiterated that the Council would continue to work on the file of national reconciliation to restore stability to the country and unify all institutions.