Libya’s Al-Zawiya Municipal Council Condemns Bashagha’s Decision to Suspend Security Director

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On Saturday, Al-Zawiya Municipal Council issued a statement regarding the internal affairs of the city, condemning the decision of the Minister of Interior of the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA), Fathi Bashagha, who suspended the Director of Al-Zawiya’s Security Directorate.

Al-Zawiya Municipal Council expressed its acknowledgment of the legitimate demands made by the people for a decent and affordable life, the statement read.

The council considered that Bashagha’s move was hasty and ill-considered because it ignored the still valid decision made on April 15th to assign the Director of Al-Zawiya Security to support and secure the cities of the West Coast. The MoI decision has therefore caused security chaos in the city.

The statement added that the council demanded the rapid return of the Director of Security to practice his work, as well as the return of all those included in the suspension decision so that the Security Directorate can perform its duties, especially in light of the circumstances the country is going through.

The Municipal Council held the head of the Presidential Council of the Government of National Accord, Fayez al-Sarraj, fully responsible for failing to respond to the demands made by the Municipal Council to implement Law 59. This particularly concerns the Local Revenue Law and all legislation that supports the work of municipal councils.

Al-Zawiya Municipal Council condemned the failure of Al-Sarraj and his government to provide job opportunities for youth in light of terrible living circumstances.

The Presidential Council and its government did not solve the significant problems that affect the daily life of citizens, including electricity and water shortages, garbage disposal mismanagment, the problem of displaced persons and immigrants, as well as compensation issues, the statement added.

The statement emphasized that the demands of the Libyan people didn’t affect the security, unity and stability of the Libyan state. The Council affirmed it was against all suspicious acts aimed at disrupting the interests of citizens, creating chaos and prejudicing public facilities to involve the state in conflicts.