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Libya: “Why the Gaddafi loyalists are back” – MEE

The situation in Libya is so chaotic that the “libyanisation” neologism is currently imposing itself. It has become a fatal combination of balkanisation – the division of a state into autonomous districts – and somalisation – the failing of a government in favour of militia groups.

Currently, the country has three governments. During the last five years, Libya has seen two general elections, an aborted coup d’etat, the arrival of the Islamic State group (IS) and low-intensity ethnic conflicts. The decaying situation is such that more and more Libyans are calling for a return of the Jamahiriya (“state of the masses”), implemented by Muammar Gaddafi.

“We want to liberate the Jamahiriya, which was the victim of a coup d’etat led by NATO”, Franck Pucciarelli told the Middle East Eye. The Frenchman, who lives in Tunisia, is the spokesman for a group of partisans of the Libyan and international revolutionary groups, who act as the transmission belt for the Gaddafi ideology. He explained that members have been working since 2012 from outside the country.

The organisation reportedly has some 20,000 members in Libya and 15,000 to 20,000 exiled former soldiers are prepared to return. “We are able to organise a popular uprising and if Libya falls into chaos, it is thanks to our actions,” states the spokesman.

Ahmed, a former director at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs today living in Tunisia, is more measured. “We have made the most of the instability to return, but are not responsible for anything, he told MEE. The Libyan people and international community have simply realised that Libya can only be governed under the Jamahiriya”.
The three types of Gaddafi loyalists

The two men do, however, agree on the political organisation of the country after regaining power. The idea is to hold a referendum – or rather a plebiscite – on the return of the Jamahiriya with the presence of the international community to supervise the vote. It would be a relatively modernised state of the masses, with a senate representing the tribes, a lower house and above all a constitution –which were lacking under Mouammar Gaddafi.

It is a scenario which causes Rachid Kechana, director of the North African Study Centre on Libya, to smile. He accepts that there is a sustainable renewal of the green ideology (the colour of the Jamahiriya). “The return to grace of the former regime can above all be understood by the failure of the post-revolutionary transition. And the Gaddafi ideologies are based on this failure to return to the forefront of the political scene, and not a genuine popular acceptance. The Gaddafi loyalists will never return to power, but they will have some importance, through strategic alliances in the future Libya.” middleeasteye.net

Note source is Qatari – Pro Muslim Brotherhood/Misrata – applauds the murder of supporters of the Jamahiriya – “The most revolutionary militia in Tripoli (Muslim Brotherhood & al-Qaeda alliance – Libya Dawn) has understood the potential danger of such a rampant nostalgia to develop. In June, they assassinated 12 loyalists in Tripoli from the Jamahiriya who had just completed their prison sentences for crimes committed in 2011.”

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In a dramatic turn of events, a handful of members of the former General National Council and the former Tripoli “prime minister” have staged an apparent coup in Tripoli, taking over the the GNC’s old premises next to Tripoli’s Rixos Hotel and declaring themselves in power again.

This evening Ghwell issued a statement from the GNC’s old premises next to Tripoli’s Rixos Hotel, declaring a state of emergency and what he called it an “historical initiative to rescue Libya”.

The Rixos conference centre, which previously served as the GNC’s chamber, and the “Hospitality Palaces” across the road were taken over six months ago by the State Council headed by Abdulrahman Sewehli, but it pulled out a couple of days ago, citing security issues.

Today’s takeover followed a stand-off in the area since early morning between gunmen supporting the former GNC and those linked to Sewehli. It ended with the latter withdrawing. Disgruntled over unpaid salaries, their commitment was already weakened. It is believed they had already threatened to quit and were in contact with Ghwell supporters – which was why the State Council decided to withdraw.

This evening, Ghwell, accompanied by Awad Abdul Saddeq, the GNC’s first deputy president, and the former head of GNC’s own “presidential guard, Ali Ramali, called on Abdullah Al-Thinni, head of the interim government in Beida, to join him and together form a national unity government.

Ghwell also accused the internationally-backed Presidency Council (PC) of undermining national unity and of being the pawn of foreign forces wanting to divide the country.

He ordered all governmental organisations and ministries to stop dealing the PC and to work with him again instead. He also said that all those who had been appointed by the PC were dismissed.

There has been no reaction as yet to what is being seen as a coup, either by Sewehli, or by the Presidency Council which is meeting in Tunis. Also there has been no appearance so far of Nuri Abu Sahmin, the former head of the GNC.

There has been no comment either from Beida although it is known that a couple of weeks ago, proposals were put to the Thinni government that it should join hands with the former Ghwell administration and create a government of national unity to replace the PC.

It is thought that controversial grand mufti Sadek Al-Ghariani was aware of approved Ghwell’s moves. His Tanasah TV station was the only one attending Ghwell’s press conference this evening. libyaherald.com

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Haftar is not standing in the way of peace in Libya

With ISIS out of the way US-NATO seeks a new scapegoat for the Libya chaos, created by the 2011 NATO intervention.

The Washington Post reads: He’s a grandfather and longtime Washington suburbanite who now commands a powerful fighting force in northern Africa. He’s also a former CIA asset and anti-Islamist warrior who stands in the way of peace in Libya.

The United States and its allies can’t figure out what to do about Khalifa Hifter, the Libyan general whose refusal to support a fragile unity government has jeopardized hopes for stability in a country plagued by conflict. washingtonpost.com

General Khalifa Haftar is head of the Libyan National Army, he answers to the House of Representatives, which is the government elected by the vast majority of the Libyan people. HoR refuses to recognize the GNA, because Fayez Sarraj head of the UN imposed government, has aligned himself with terrorist organizations, making Muslim Brotherhood, & al-Qaeda terrorists look like anti-ISIS heroes. These Islamist groups are not only a threat to Libya but also Europe, many having very similar ideals to ISIS themselves. The so called anti ISIS forces are playing ball for now to gain training, military aid, they are terrorists gangs capturing territory in Libya, under the guise of fighting terrorism. In 2015 the so called anti ISIS forces were cooperating with ISIS against Haftar. In 2016 the Muslim Brotherhood started to see ISIS as a threat to their control in Libya, so with Western special forces backing them, they saw an opportunity to eliminate their competition.

An Islamist coupe was organized by Sadiq al-Ghariani operating at that time from the UK, against HoR the elected government, described by some as a poor man wondering the streets, who flipped to an excessively wealthy man in a short space of time. He is seen as the Grand Mufti of western Libya, in eastern Libya his terrorist gangs also known as Benghazi Defense Brigades, regularly carry out attacks against civilians in Benghazi, while al-Ghariani hides behind facade Sarraj in Tripoli.

Posters against al-Ghariani & the Muslim Brotherhood appear in the streets of the capital Tripoli, August 14, 2016.

With the corporate media focus on Haftar as the number one stumbling block in the way of peace & stability in Libya, the question remains; who is going to fight terrorism in Libya if Haftar is deposed?  Relying on the so called anti ISIS forces who’s ideology is similar to ISIS’s, is very short sighted to say the least.

The Modern Tokyo Times did an informative article on the emergence of “A New Threat to Libya’s Stability” the Benghazi Defense Companies (BDC), also known as the Benghazi defense Brigades, headed by Sadiq al-Ghariani, have been performing executions on the streets of Tripoli on Fayez Sarraj’s watch, & frequently attack Benghazi seeking Islamist rule in Eastern Libya, via terrorist acts. Aslo see Shaykh Sadiq al-Ghariani: A Profile of Libya’s Grand Mufti

Zintani forces allied to the Libyan National Army led by General Khalifa Hafter are reported to have captured a top Tunisian member of ISIS. libyaherald.com

Quiche Square demonstration in Benghazi, rejecting the GNA

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