Libya’s unity government leaders in Tripoli power bid
Leaders of Libya’s new unity government have arrived in the capital, Tripoli, by boat in an attempt to take control.
Over recent days, Tripoli’s airspace has been intermittently closed to stop the Presidency Council, which has been based in Tunisia, from arriving by air.
Libya’s UN envoy called for a “a peaceful and orderly handover”.
But hardliners in the coalition that controls Tripoli are opposed to the UN-brokered deal aimed at reconciling a nation split by five years of conflict.
In a televised address, the head of the Tripoli authorities, Khalifa Ghweil, said he regarded the politicians as interlopers and said they were not welcome.
He urged “the illegitimate outsiders to surrender and be safe in our custody or to return to where they came from”.
Libya has been in chaos since the 2011 overthrow of long-serving ruler Muammar Gaddafi by Nato-backed forces.
From 2014 it has had two competing administrations, one in Tripoli – backed by powerful militias – and the other about 1,000km (620 miles) away in the port city of Tobruk.
In December, some of these rival lawmakers signed up to the UN agreement to form a unity government, but the deal has not yet been backed by all the country’s many militia brigades that were formed in the wake of the uprising.
The agreement saw the formation of a nine-member Presidency Council, which includes the unity Prime Minister Fayez Sarraj who arrived with some of his deputies at a naval base in Tripoli on Wednesday.
Mr Sarraj said it was time to turn a new page and reconcile, saying he intended to build state institutions and implement a ceasefire.
“Revenge, alienation, antipathy, and hatred don’t build a state,” the AP news agency quotes him as saying.
seriously..who do they think they are kidding?..this is as much a government as what the syrian fake out one is..
“Leaders of Libya’s new unity government have arrived in the capital, Tripoli, by boat in an attempt to take control.”
they had to come via boat because they cant use the airport..so much control eh?
“He urged “the illegitimate outsiders to surrender and be safe in our custody or to return to where they came from”.”