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Chairman of the National Conference calls for international protection after receiving death threats from militias in Tripoli

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

TRIPOLI – Chairman of the Preparatory Committee of the upcoming National Conference (Al-Multaqa Al-Watani), Mohammed Al-Abani, said on Sunday that he and his family received death threats by one of the militias controlling Tripoli.

Speaking to Russian news agency Sputnik, Al-Abani said that the militia burned his home in Tripoli, and sent death threats to him and to all members of his family whom are living in Tunisia.

Al-Abani explained that the threats came following his decision to exclude a man named Subhi Moussa from the Preparatory Committee. Al-Abani said that he discovered Moussa’s affiliation with some ideological parties, which are hostile against the Libyan National Army (LNA).

Al-Abani stressed that criteria for joining the conference committee includes prioritizing Libya’s interests, non-alignment to any party, and working to unify the Libyans in the east and west. Therefore, after discovering Moussa’s affiliations, the Committee decided to fire him in order to ensure its neutrality.

Al-Abani demanded protection from the international community, stating that militias will exert efforts to block the conference and hurt his family members in the coming period.

He also stressed that the people of the area where he lives in Tripoli are living in a state of terror as a result of militia burning his home, and threatening to kill them.

United Nations envoy, Ghassan Salamé, proposed that a national conference be held in first weeks of 2019 during his Security Council briefing in early November last year. He said that the electoral process should commence in the Spring of 2019 following the conference.

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