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Jihadist group Ansar al-Sharia on Monday (August 25th) urged Islamist militias in Libya to unite under one banner.
“Unite with the mujahedeen in Benghazi so together we can defend the same objective,” Ansar al-Sharia said in an online message directed to Libya Dawn militias.
The call came after the Libyan parliament designated Ansar al-Sharia and Libya Dawn as terrorist groups.
“The two groups reached that agreement after the Libya Dawn group, led by the Islamist Misrata militias, seized control over the capital and its international airport,” said rights activist and Tripoli native Basma al-Zaidi, 36.
The Misrata militias, she said, were responsible for attacks “in residential neighbourhoods and against state institutions, such as the internal security headquarters, where they stole what they could and burned the rest”.
“They went even further, attacking residents and kidnapping anyone from the Warshafana, Zintan or Tawergha tribes, and detaining women and men without charges,” the activist told Magharebia.
“These are the acts of terrorists,” she added.
Meanwhile, the outgoing General National Congress (GNC) convened in Tripoli on Monday to name its own premier. The GNC, which was replaced this month by the House of Representatives elected in June, appointed pro-Islamist figure Omar al-Hassi. Libyan interim Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thani said the GNC meeting was “illegal” and that the only legislative body was the new democratically elected parliament.
He also sacked deputy defence minister and former Libyan Islamic Fighting Group figure Khaled al-Sherif over alleged involvement in terrorist operations in Libya.
“Parliament has passed the anti-terrorism law,” House of Representatives Speaker Aguila Salah Issa said.
“The ongoing fighting is aimed at disrupting the work of the House of Representatives,” he added, calling on neighbours to help protect Libya’s border and the international community to help establish security.
But the current political tug of war between rival governments will not persist, according to Abdelhafed Ghoga, a lawyer and deputy chairman of the former National Transitional Council.
“I gly believe that after the massive revolution in Libya and its consequences and associated sacrifices, Libyans won’t accept the status quo policy or the imposition of will and vision by some people through force and intimidation,” Ghoga said.
“They won’t relinquish the legitimacy of the election,” Ghoga continued. “Therefore, in my opinion, all that has happened and is happening now is a falsehood that is doomed to fail, even if some back it up.”
Source : Magharebia