The Address | Benghazi – Libya
TRIPOLI – The so-called Tripoli Protection Force, one of many militias operating in the capital, issued a statement on Saturday, in which it condemned what it described as the “systematic tampering” with Libya’s wealth and its financial institutions.
The Tripoli Protection Force’s statement came after Chairman of the Presidential Council of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), Fayez Al-Sarraj, appointed a member of the Muslim Brotherhood in a senior position in the Libyan Investment Authority (LIA).
The Tripoli Protection Force stated that Al-Sarraj is “only a link in a series of administrative and financial tampering, which has been practiced for a long time to enable an ideological group, rejected by the Libyan people, to meddle with state intuitions.”
Al-Sarraj issued a decree on Saturday by which he appointed his office manager, Yousef Al-Mabrouk, as Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Libyan Investment Authority with the powers of the Director-General and appointed a leading figure of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mustafa Al-Mana’a, as a member of the Board of Directors.
The Tripoli Protection Force stated that Al-Sarraj’s decision to take over several state institutions is “complicating the political and economic scenes” and violates “dozens of rulings issued by the Libyan Supreme Court,”
The militia pointed out that Al-Sarrj is violating a decree issued in 2016 by the Presidential Council itself. The 2016 decree stipulates that no meetings of the general assemblies of state companies and major economic authorities and institutions should be held.
The Tripoli Protection Force renewed its refusal to comply with the Presidential Council’s decisions unless they’re issued by the consensus of its nine members in accordance with the well-known mechanisms defined by the political agreement.
This is not the first time Al-Sarraj sought to take over a state institution. Last month, Al-Sarraj appointed himself as chairman of General Assembly of Libyan Post Telecommunications & Information Technology Company (LPTIC). His decision was criticized by many political figures in Libya who saw the move as an attempt to consolidate power.
Al-Sarraj had previously faced similar criticism by his own deputies. Several senior members of Presidential Council, including Ahmed Maiteeq, had accused Al-Sarraj of making unilateral decisions which could lead the collapse of GNA.