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Is Haftar facing expanded opposition in Barqa?

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LIBYAPROSPECT – Editorial

The mayor of Tobruk Municipality, Al-Naji Mazeg, had denounced the Interim Government for issuing an arrest warrant against him, describing it as a shaky government.

Mazeg said that the head of the Interim Government, Abdulla Al-Thinni, was the one who had issued the decision because Mazeg had communicated with the Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli.

Mazeg clarified that he had communicated with the GNA because it is recognised by the International Community, adding that he hadn’t dealt with an armed or terrorist group.

Mazeg told Al-Wasat website that Tobruk Municipality, in the eastern side of Libya, called the GNA for solving the citizens’ crisis in Tobruk because Al-Thinni’s government let them down.

He said that Tobruk is suffering from many problems in the general services, adding that the Central Bank of Libya (CBL) in Tripoli is the body that has the money to help Tobruk in ending the crisis of the city. He stressed that “we are not begging but requesting some of our rights.”

The Interim Government, which is not recognised internationally, had issued the arrest warrant because Mazeg visited the head of the Presidential Council (PC) of the GNA, Fayez Al-Sarraj.

It is essential to mention that the military chief of staff of the House of Representatives (HoR), Abdul-Razek Al-Nadhouri, who is affiliated with the commander of the Dignity Operation, General Khalifa Haftar, had warned the officials of the eastern side of Libya from dealing with Al-Sarraj.

In the same context, the member of the HoR, Abdul-Fattah Al-Shelwi, said the matter comes in the confusion of the Interim Government because it is not able to do a convincing role towards the municipalities. He added that, therefore, it is normal for the mayors to turn to the GNA and call for support.

Al-Shelwi told Arabi21 Website that Al-Thinni fears of colliding with Haftar, the real shadow authority in the provision of Barqa, the eastern of Libya. He said that Al-Thinni and most of the HoR members couldn’t break Haftar’s will.

Observers said that there is an opposition against Al-Thinni’s government because of its stupid decisions.

The observers said that they are expecting clear demonstrations against Al-Thinni’s government because of its unfair decisions.