Saturday, 15 February 2014 09:51:31
Libyan PM says government safe after army statement
TRIPOLI, Feb 14 (APP/Reuters): Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan
said on Friday the government was safe and security under control
after a senior army official called for the parliament to be
suspended and the armed forces to "rescue" the country.
Major General Khalifa Haftar, a leading figure in the 2011
revolution against Muammar Gaddafi, called for a presidential
committee to be formed to govern until new elections could be
held in what he described as a road map for Libya.
Nearly three years after Gaddafi's fall, Libya has had only
fragile government and armed forces unable to impose their
authority on competing political factions and the brigades of
former revolutionary fighters who refuse to disarm. Libya still
has no new constitution.
"Libya is stable. The (General National Congress) GNC is
doing its work and so is the government. The army is in its
headquarters, and Khalifa Haftar has no authority," Zeidan told
Reuters. "No military units have moved to touch any institutions."
He said legal proceedings under military law would be taken
against Haftar for his statement.
Tripoli was calm, and there were no signs of any extraordinary
troop movements or activity outside the parliament, the prime
minister's office or any ministries.
It was not clear how much influence Haftar has even within
the small, nascent army in a country where brigades of militia
groups and former rebels are more powerful.
Appearing in military uniform, Haftar, in his recorded
statement provided to Reuters, called for the GNC, the interim
parliament, to be suspended.
"The national command of the Libyan army is declaring a
movement for the new road map," Haftar said, saying the armed
forces were calling for Libya to be "rescued" from its upheaval.
"We will hold meetings with different parties and groups
regarding implementing this road map," he said.