Libyan politicians and parliamentarians criticized the decision of the outgoing PM Abdel Hamid al-Dabaiba, to appoint the so-called Imad Trabelsi, commander of an armed militia in the capital, Tripoli, as Minister of the Interior, and some pointed out that “his place is in prison.”
In their interview with Al-Youm, they confirmed that it is an escalating step in the conflict with the government appointed by Parliament headed by Fathi Bashagha.
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A member of the Libyan House of Representatives, Ali Al-Takbali, said: Undoubtedly, it is a provocative decision, especially since Imad Trabelsi, who was assigned the position of Minister of Interior in the Dabaiba government, is a leader of the central “security” militia, which reflects the latter’s continued sheltering in the militias, which portends an armed confrontation with government forces. Bashagha about the administration of power in the capital, Tripoli.
Damage to foreign relations
Al-Tikbali added: “This step is among the abuses pursued by the illegal government of Dabaiba, which was preceded by the conclusion of agreements with the Turkish government in clear violation of international laws, as it is not authorized to consider any new or previous agreements or decisions, which is detrimental to the stability of the foreign relations of the Libyan state. “.
The Libyan diplomat and politician d. Ramadan Al-Bahbah: “Libya will not return to the path of stability in the presence of an illegitimate government that clings to power, while another legitimate government mandated by the House of Representatives cannot exercise its rights.”
He stressed that Dabaiba is counting on the militias’ continued strength and their loyalty to remain the first line of defense for him, so he chose among them officials in his government, the last of whom was the Minister of Interior.
He explained that Trabelsi’s history is tainted with crimes, as he was condemned by the report of the United Nations experts on Libya in 2018.
Decision sparks armed conflict
The expert on Libyan affairs, Muhammad al-Sharif, said that Dabaiba’s decision will add more fuel to the fire in the conflict between him and the government of Fathi Pashaga, as it reflects the former’s clinging to his position and his rejection of the idea of abandoning him, with his insistence on escalation and military confrontation, which may again fall Libya into the trap of chaos.
He pointed out that Dabaiba rewards Imad Trabelsi with this sensitive and important position at this very complex stage, as the “Central Security” militia that was led by Trabelsi in the southwest of the capital, Tripoli, had a prominent role in confronting the forces loyal to the government of Fathi Pashaga during its repeated attempts to enter the capital to take over Authority.
In turn, the former advisor to the Supreme Council of State, Ashraf al-Sheh, said that Dabaiba’s appointment as Minister of the Interior is “the beginning of the end for his government.”
Serious setback for human rights
The aforementioned fears of the country drifting into an armed confrontation that may erupt between the governments of Benghazi and Tripoli, the head of the National Human Rights Committee in Libya, Ahmed Hamza, went to him by saying: Imad Trabelsi is his natural place behind the bars of the courts, not a minister or an official in the Ministry of Interior.
He described Dabaiba’s decision as a serious setback for the values of human rights, the rule of law and justice, and a black point in history, justice and human rights in Libya.
He added that “it is not acceptable to appoint personalities with legal and legal reservations.”
He pointed out that Trabelsi is one of the most prominent perpetrators of violations of human rights and international humanitarian law in Libya, and has a rich record of violations of human rights and the rule of law.
He continued: “Al-Dabaiba is now not paying any attention to the state’s legal and human rights obligations, and is working hard to empower the perpetrators of human rights violations in the sovereign and security positions in his government that usurps power, in exchange for buying loyalties and slanders to protect him and ensure his survival in the usurped authority as a fait accompli that imposes his presence by force of arms.”
He indicated that he is allied with outlaws and perpetrators of violations and crimes in Libya, and does not attach any importance to the rights of the affected victims.