Misrata Military Council Claims It Has Evicted Local Council
The Middle East Eye reported yesterday that on 21 March, the Misrata Military Council led by Ibrahim Bin Rajab claimed it had overthrown the Misrata Local Council, a locally elected body headed by mayor Mohammed Eshtaiwi. Tensions are escalating between more ‘moderate’ Misratan factions, who largely support the Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli, and more’ hardliner’ factions who are opponents of both the GNA and Haftar and largely support Khalifa al-Ghwell’s resurrected National Salvation government which was evicted from Tripoli last week.
In a statement from the Misrata Military Council (MMC) and its allied militias – the Union of Revolutionary Fighters (URF) and the Misrata Security Department – MMC chief Ibrahim Bin Rajab said the group had overthrown the municipal council after it refused to negotiate with protesters over its management of the city.
“A committee was set up to mediate between the protesters and the municipal council, but the latter refused to meet with the committee without giving any justifications,” the Libya Observer cited the statement as saying.
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