After the escalation of the militias in Tripoli, the discussion returns to the seat of the government

This is not the first time that a discussion has been opened about the seat of the executive authority. Rather, the discussion was raised during the selection of the previous government headed by Abdul Hamid al-Dabaiba, as it called on Libyan parties to host Sirte for it, as it is a city located in the center of the country and connects between the East and the West, a vision that he adopted Speaker of the House of Representatives, Counselor Aguila Saleh.

The strategic expert, Brigadier General Muhammad Al-Rajbani, agrees with this vision, as the capital suffers from a permanent insecurity, which has affected even senior officials during the last period.

The Libyan authority was a target of the militias during the past year, starting in May, when armed men surrounded the residence of members of the Presidential Council in a Tripoli hotel, then the storming of the office of the Minister of Interior, and clashes around the Cabinet Office and blocking the roads leading to it in December, and these abuses continued even with The new year, when Minister of Justice Halima Abdel Rahman was subjected to an assassination attempt at the end of January.

Al-Rajbani said that it is better for the “presidential” and the government to start their work from Sirte, in addition to transferring all ministries to the city, pointing out that security leaders made a recommendation in this regard to the previous government.

He pointed out that Sirte enjoys securing the Libyan National Army, which is the permanent headquarters of the “5 + 5” Joint Military Committee, and has hosted important events during the last period without witnessing security breaches.

In the same context, Jamal Shallouf, head of the Silvium Foundation for Studies and Research, confirmed that the presence of the executive authority in Tripoli makes it a constant threat from armed groups, “which practice settling accounts with those who took anti-terrorist positions and militia control.”

He pointed out that it is not possible to protect even senior officials from “militias’ revenge”, especially in light of the lawlessness that allows dangerous elements to engage in illegal activities, especially terrorists fleeing to Tripoli from Benghazi, Derna, Ajdabiya and the south.

The Libyan capital was the scene of a series of clashes with light and medium weapons between armed groups, including “Al-Baqara”, “Al-Rada'”, “Ghaniwa”, “444 Militia”, “Tripoli Revolutionaries”, “Battalion 301” and the “Stability Support Apparatus”, as they erupted periodically since November last year.

According to experts in Libyan affairs, the clashes aim for each militia to control the largest number of areas of influence to be used in negotiations with any future government and to retain political and financial gains.

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