Tripolitanian Society: Presence of Controversial Figures in New Government is a War Declaration – Al Marsad

Tripolitanian Society, Councils of Elders, the Union of Martyrs Families’ Association and various civil society organizations in Tripoli announced in a statement on Wednesday their rejection of the nomination of controversial figures to sovereign positions in Libya.

(Libya, 4 February 2021) – The Society and the signatories of the statement expressed their categorical rejection of the involvement of all figures deemed controversial. The particularly rejected the President of the Libyan House of Representatives, Chancellor Aguila Saleh, who they claim murdered Libyans, and demand that he is not included in any government authority legislatively or executive.

They also demanded that Saleh be tried as a “war criminal”, for issuing a decision of what was described as a “military attack” on Tripoli, at a time when the Libyan dialogue was about to be held in Ghadames. They said Saleh should be held accountable for “crimes” committed against civilians, whether in Tripoli or in other Libyan cities.

“Any action that leads this controversial personality to any political responsibility today in the state is tantamount to a declaration of a civil war that will end only with the division of Libya, the killing of its children and the displacement of its families,” read the statement.

The signatories indicated that the support of the United Nations for Libya’s stability and bringing it to safety must be through the exclusion of all the controversial figures that caused the dismantling of the Libyan social fabric and contributed to human rights abused.

They also said they will hold the United Nations Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) and the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) the responsibility for what may happen as a result of the installation of such figures on the pyramid of power in Libya.