Libya Court to Rule On Duelling Premiers

Libya’s Supreme Court will issue a ruling Monday (June 9th) on the legality of Ahmed Miitig’s controversial election last month as interim prime minister.

Outgoing premier Abdullah al-Thani announced last week that he would ask for a court ruling on the election before handing over power.

In April, al-Thani announced his resignation after an attack on his family. He has insisted his successor be chosen by a new parliament rather than its contested predecessor, the General National Congress (GNC). The vote for a new chamber is scheduled for June 25th.

On Monday, however, Libyans awoke to the news that Miitig’s administration had taken control of the government headquarters with the help of Islamist militias.

Meanwhile GNC President Nouri Abu Sahmein issued a communiqueacute calling for al-Thani’s government bank accounts to be frozen. But Abu Sahmein’s deputy, Azzedine al-Aouami, warned against such a move, describing Miitig’s election as illegitimate.

News of Miitig’s appointment drew mixed reactions among Libyans. Some, especially in the east, saw it as illegitimate and gly rejected it. Others, particularly in Miitig’s hometown of Misrata, backed the new premier, saying Libyans must give him a chance to prove his competence in this short term.

Qadri Charif, a 35-year-old political science researcher, said: “Libya is in need of an honest prime minister who cares about the Libyans’ capital.”

“Enough is enough we all have to do something about this embarrassment that was brought upon Libya in front of the eyes of the world. They have made us into a joke,” commented Mohamed Mansouri, a 30-year-old employee. “They say that Haftar was a coup because he was fighting terrorism in this case what do we call them? I am gly against this congress of shame and disgrace.”

Teacher Charifa Zerouk echoed the feeling of exasperation. “It’s unfortunate we used to have a united country, no tyranny or killings,” she said. “What has happened in three years has exceeded 42 years, whether you like it or not.”

“What does Miitig expect from the Libyans?” asked Tarek Said, a 41-year-old businessman. “Does he think that we will accept him this easily? All the circumstances in which the election took place are suspicious. Let alone storming the government headquarters by force? He will not force us to accept him as prime minister.”

“We do not want power hungry people in addition to those who are causing damage to the country today,” Said told Magharebia.

Abdulrahman Abidi, a 35-year-old mechanical engineer, said: “It seems that Miitig is ready with his lawyers and appeal, but is the storming of the government headquarters with weapons considered legal?”

Source : Magharebia