Tripoli Protection Force defies Libya’s ‘divided’ Presidency Council

The Tripoli Protection Force said it no longer obeys the “divided” Presidency Council (PC) unless its decisions were taken unanimously by all nine members, according to a Thursday statement.

“The nine members of the PC should approve orders until a president and legislative authority are elected in Libya,” the statement read.

It added that the force considers the clashes in Tripoli as mess encouraged by some members of the PC, without naming them, condemning the assignment of the 7th Brigade by the Interior Minister to secure Tripoli International Airport, which, they said, violates Al-Zawiya-hosted ceasefire agreement signed last September.

Over 10 people have been killed and about 41 injured due to clashes in southern parts of the capital, the Health Ministry reported.

The U.N. mission in Libya warned in a statement against any breach of the ceasefire deal. “Any party initiating a confrontation will be held fully responsible,” it said.

The internationally-recognized government in Tripoli, backed by the United Nations, has been working on a new security plan since the ceasefire deal but achieved little as Libya lacks a unified national police force or army.


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