Mayor of Central Tripoli Al-Mihdi Al-Harati has been sacked. In a statement issued on Thursday, the municipality said a majority of two-thirds of members voted in favour of withdrawing confidence from Al-Harati as a mayor and agreed to temporarily replace him with the oldest member Abdul-Rahman Al-Ghillai until a new one is elected.
The statement justified the dismissal of Al-Harati for the deterioration of living conditions inside the municipality since his election as the mayor a year ago.
The possible candidate to succeed Al-Harati is Nasir Al-Kriewi, according to local press reports.
Al-Harati, once a senior revolutionary fighter, was elected on June 2014. He is now facing a wave of intense criticism from local citizens for being outside the country most of the time and his inability to provide the basic services to the locals.
Unconfirmed reports say that Moain Sharim, the head of the Political Office of UNSMIL has contacted some municipal members and urged them to reverse the dismissal vote.
Al-Harati is one of the mayors who are attending Libyan dialogue tracks.