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Elected mayors of eastern Libya call for ending militarisation

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LIBYAPROSPECT – Benghazi

The mayors of the municipalities of the eastern side of Libya called, on Tuesday, from re-appointing the elected mayors to their positions, refusing the continuity of the control of the military that led by General Khalifa Haftar.

The originally elected mayors of Benghazi, Al-Abyar, Ajdabiya, Al-Kufra, Al-Abraq, and Geminis said that although they are not against the decisions of Haftar’s forces, they insist calling for returning to their positions especially after the ruling of the judgment.

The mayors stated that the military heads of the municipalities are not needed anymore so the elected councils must be back to carry on their responsibilities.

It is worth mentioning that the head of the House of Representatives (HoR), Ageela Saleh, appointed, last year, the chief of staff, Abdul-Razeq Al-Nadhouri, to become the military ruler of the area from Derna and Bin-Jawad.

According to Saleh’s decision, Al-Nadhouri dismissed the elected mayors and appointed military officers to head the municipalities of Benghazi, Shahat, Al-Kufra, Al-Abyar, Al-Sidra, and Ajdabiya.

On the other hand, the former United Nations envoy to Libya, Martin Kobler, denounced the decision of militarization of municipalities, considering it as spoiling the democracy.