Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Libyan militias set ultimatum to the parliament
The building of the General National Congress in Tripoli.
Two armed Libyan militia groups called on the country's parliament, the General National Congress, to hand over power in five hours on Tuesday, according to a statement read out on television that added to tensions in the volatile OPEC producer.
The statement addressed six points:
1. GNC is given 5 hours to leave their post upon the release of this statement.
2. Any congressmen who stays is considered as usurpation of powers and against the well of Libyans and will accordingly arrested and brought to justice.
3. We emphases that Muslim Brotherhood and Idealogical groups and extremists are the reason for the disturbance in the country which needs to be removed.
4. We pledge in front the people that we are not to seek power but are here to defend for who those who died for this county. We will be the protector till our military and security institution is built and will support them with all our power.
5. GNC members carry the full responsibility of the Libyan blood that has been shed and the real revolutionaries will catch each traitor and coward to clean the country from bogus revolutionaries.
6. After this date and time the responsibility relies on all free Libyans to stand with the country for the purgation of our home.
Meanwhile, GNC president, Nuri Abusahmain, held a press conference saying “We have issued order to Chief of Staff to deal with the groups that have threatened to use force”
GNC President Nouri Abusahmain rejected the statement as a coup attempt. "The GNC has given instructions to the chief of staff to take the necessary steps to deal with this group," he said. "The GNC received confirmation from the head of the army and revolutionaries that they would defend its legitimacy."
Tensions have increased over the GNC's own role after its initial mandate ran out on February 7. Deputies agreed to extend their term in office to allow a special committee time to draft a new constitution but their move has sparked protests.
The GNC is deeply split between the nationalist National Forces Alliance party and the Islamists of the Justice and Construction Party tied to the Muslim Brotherhood, and the Al Wafaa bloc.