Sarraj Forms the “Stabilization Support Authority” Led by Ghaniwa – Al Marsad

The head of the Presidential Council Fayez al-Sarraj issued a decision on Monday to create a security apparatus under the name “Stabilization Support Authority,” and appointed Abdel-Ghani Bilqassim (“Ghaniwa”) to lead it. Ayoub Abu Ras, Hassan Abu Zariba, and Mousa Mahmoud are to be his deputies

(Libya, 19 January 2021) – According to Resolution No. 38 of this year, Fayez al-Sarraj established a security apparatus, the Stabilization Support Authority (SSA), which has legal personality and independent financial disclosure, and it is directly affiliated and under the Presidential Council.

Sarraj explained that the SSA will be administered by a head and three deputies to be named by a decision of the Presidential Council, and its headquarters would be in the capital Tripoli. Sarraj said SSA branches or offices may be established in in other cities or regions by a decision from the President of the Presidential Council upon proposal by the head of the SSA.

THE STABILIZATION SUPPORT AUTHORITY (SSA)

In his decision, Sarraj outlined the tasks and competencies of the SSA:

  1. Strengthening security measures to protect the state headquarters from any security threats, as well as strengthening the protection of officials whenever necessary, in coordination and cooperation with competent authorities.
  2. Participation in securing and protecting official ceremonies and events, as well as popular activities, and the activities of civil society organizations authorized by competent authorities.
  3. Participate whenever necessary in the conduct of combat operations, including incursions, raids and security operations, in coordination and cooperation with competent authorities.
  4. Riot control and dispersing clashes between oulawed militants in Libyan cities and villages, in cooperation with the security directorates and the competent agencies of the city.
  5. Implement legal decisions, such as cooperation arresting and prosecuting those wanted in cases that threaten the national security of the state, in collaboration with the security and judicial authorities.
  6. Spreading security awareness among segments of society and adopting a culture of no access to weapons, resolving disputes and conflicts through judicial, security and social authorities, and supporting unlicensed weapons collection programs.
  7. Security cooperation and exchange of intelligence information with all the competent security agencies on combating all threats to national security and the stability of society.
  8. Contribute to facing crises and natural disasters.
  9. Any other functions assigned to it by the Presidential Council, in accordance with the legislation in force.

Sarraj also clarified in the 5th article of his decision the terms of reference for the head of the authority, which is:

1. Determine the location of its units within and outside Tripoli, taking into account geographical and security materials.
2. Supervise the implementation of plans necessary for the performance of the tasks assigned to it.
3. Directly supervise and follow up on the members of the device in order to implement the terms of reference.
4. Propose the organizational structure of the authority and prepare the staffing needs, and refer it to the competent authorities for approval.
5. Determine the needs at airports, weapons, ammunition, vehicles, and all equipment required to carry out missions and duties assigned to it, and take the necessary measures to provide them in accordance with the legislation in force.
6. Issuing decisions concerning the functional affairs of the members of the agency, within the limits of the powers granted to it under the legislation in force.
7. Representing the agency in its relations with third parties and before the judiciary, in addition to having the power to sign contracts to which it is a party in accordance with the legislation in force.
8. Proposing the draft budget of the agency, preparing estimates thereon, and preparing final accounts.
9. Any other functions assigned to it in accordance with the legislation in force.

Sarraj indicated that the force of the authority would be composed by members of the army and the police of its various subsidiary and independent units.

The resolution also specified that the agency was to have an independent budget prepared in accordance with state financial regulations, starting with the financial year of the state and ends with its expiration. The Audit Bureau was to examine and review its expenses, account and contracts to which it is a party, in accordance with the provisions of the Law on the financial system of the state.

Sarraj also pointed out that the authority has an organizational structure consisting of departments and offices to implement its functions, and a decision is issued by the Council of Ministers.

The President of the Presidential Council demanded action on his decision from the date of its issuance, calling on the competent authorities to implement it.

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