LIBYAPROSPECT – Editorial
The resignation of the member of the Presidential Council (PC) of the Government of National Accord (GNA), Fathi El-Majbari, on Wednesday, raised questions among the observers and activists.
El-Majbari announced, last week, his withdrawal from the PC, stressing that Tripoli is no longer qualified for any political actions and the decisions of the head of the PC, Fayez Al-Sarraj, are linked to the militias in Tripoli.
Observers had raised questions about the time that El-Majbari had chosen to withdraw himself from the PC and about the reasons for his resignation. The observers said that El-Majbari is very well known as a person with fickle loyalties, and his extreme and latest bias was to the commander of the Dignity Operation, General Khalifa Haftar.
On the same context, El-Majbari’s resignation, according to the observers, was linked to a political movement in Tripoli that accused some big-armed groups of paralysing the political life in the capital city.
After his announcement, El-Majbari launched a potent attack on the PC of the GNA, its president, and its members, denouncing the situations in Tripoli.
El-Majbari, who had appeared on a video clip with the boycotting PC member, Ali Al-Qatrani and some members of the House of Representatives (HoR); told the attendees about his abducting story. He said that an armed force of 50 militants had attacked his house in Tripoli to kidnap him because he was assigned to reform the economy in the country by the PC.
El-Majbari accused the armed group of profiting from the bank credits as they can force the GNA to give them the official letters to do so. He also accused Al-Sarraj of being subordinated to the militias, which makes the Libyan capital unfit for the political life.
El-Majbari stated that there are specific militias that control the military, economic, and security prospect in Tripoli; adding that these armed groups had ruled out the hope to protect the GNA. As an example, these groups were able to disarm the Presidential Guards in one night, including the guards of Al-Sarraj’s house.
Observers said that the decision of El-Majbari’s withdrawal was explicitly issued from Benghazi, which carries a message that Haftar’s loyal and supporters in the eastern side of Libya are still obstructing any convergence between the Libyan factions that might end any crises away from Haftar’s weapons and forces. The observers stressed that El-Majbari wanted to show the world that the PC and its GNA are weak and that the time is not convenient for holding elections in Libya.
It is worth mentioning that El-Majbari became a member in the PC in 2016 to represent the former head of the Guards of the facilities in Petroleum Crescent Region, Ibrahim Jadhran, who attacked the oil ports in that area many times. Jadhran also nominated the former Defence Minister of the GNA, El-Mahdi El-Barghathi, because Jadhran and El-Barghathi were the opponents of Haftar.
Journalists had expressed their fear of Haftar’s attempts to dominate the capital city, then the western side of Libya because Haftar’s dreams are to control the country without elections. It is known that Haftar was and still supported by the Egyptian and Emirati governments to help him to become the new dictator of Libya so that they can achieve their targets in Libya.
Activists had described the signature of El-Majbari as a very suspicious that might indicate a rise in the voices of the callers for the separation of the eastern province of Libya, Barqa, or at least the return of the federal demand. It is because El-Majbari was one of the founders of the federal current.
About the attempt to kidnap El-Majbari, observers said that El-Majbari was explicitly accused of financial corruption by the Audit Bureau. Moreover, El-Majbari had supported Haftar’s decision to hand over the oil ports to the National Oil Corporation in Benghazi to become affiliated with the Interim Government in Al-Baida.
On the other hand, there are different opinions say that it is good for the members of the PC to withdraw themselves because there are efforts to reform a new government as the current system in Tripoli is corrupted and loyal to armed groups.