The Speaker of Tobruk-based House of Representatives, Aqilah Saleh, has rejected the formation of an Operations Chamber, tasked to lead military operations in the district between Misrata and Sirte, by the UN-proposed government’s Presidential Council (PC).
In a statement Saturday, Saleh said the PC acted at odds with the Libyan laws and pretended to be the Commander in Chief of the Libyan Army, when it did not yet gain confidence from the HoR, adding that the PC’s decisions lack rationality and lay the first stone for a civil war in Libya, according to him.
He added that the General Command of the Libyan Army of the HoR led by Khalifa Haftar and the General Staff of the HoR as well led by Abdurazzak Al-Nathori are the legitimate military bodies tasked to free Sirte, saying that any military force in the district between Misrata and Sirte will be regarded an outlaw force.
Saleh also accused the PC of trying to turn the situation into a fait accompli using fragile international support and regional coup militias, adding that the PC has become a puppet in the hands of some of its members, who were supporters of terrorism, according to Saleh’s statement.
Last Thursday, the PC announced the formation of special operations chamber to lead the military operation against ISIS in the district located between Misrata and Sirte and to receive orders by the PC as it is the Commander in Chief of the Libyan Army according to the political agreement.