Cairo- Prime Minister designate Faiez Serraj received further reinforcement for his image as an effective ruler for Libya from tens of municipalities across the country. The Libyan institutional support came amid a significantly increasing international support for Serraj.
Brigadier General Abdulrahman Tawil, who has been charged with implementation of the government’s security plan from its headquarters at the Abu Sitta Military Base, declared that the new government works on ensuring the safe-hood of all governmental institutions including the army, military intelligence and the police.
Surrounded by security men, Serraj made his first public debut in the streets of Tripoli after performing Friday prayers. His public appearance followed the declaration of Khalifa Ghwell, prime minister to the parallel administration, that his opposition to Serraj’s government will be established in a nonviolent approach.
The parliament in Tripoli warned of the consequences of forming armed groups, which could lead to a civil war.
Tens of towns and cities, located in west Libya, declared their undisputed support to Serraj’s government, in which they expect to call on its help for fighting ISIS and moving Libyan migrants into Europe. Serraj’s government is also expected to reinforce the economy in Libya through re-launching oil production.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg reassured Libyans that the NATO is more than prepared to present both help and support in domains of defense and security institutions, should Serraj’s government request aid.
Developments coincided with EU sanctions being brought in against three Libyan officials who created difficulties for the national unity government.
The EU imposed sanctions on Friday on Tripoli government chief Khalifa al-Gwell and parliament speaker Abu Sahmain, as well as Tobruk parliament speaker Aguila Saleh. The asset-freeze and travel ban measures were formally adopted on Thursday to take effect on Friday, two days after the members of the Libya’s unity government reached Tripoli by ship, defying attempts to keep them out of the city.