Interim Government Controls Over 90% of Libyan Territory

About 90 percent of Libya’s territory is under the authority of the interim Government of the elected House of Representatives, which is based in the eastern city of Tobruk, while the government of the Presidential Council is only active in the remaining area. Yet the latter tries to convince the world that it speaks on behalf the Libyan people, holding international agreements, acting in the capabilities of the state, maintaining control over the central bank, the National Oil Corporation and the Libyan Investment Corporation and its subsidiaries.

The Libyan scene is replete with contradictions entrenched by external forces after direct intervention to overthrow the former government in 2011. That was the beginning when the regular forces were replaced with armed militias that initially bore the name of the rebel brigades, before they were revealed to be Al Qaeda, ISIS and Daesh. They controls power, wealth and arms, the country’s financial and economic decisions, led by warlords who were mostly ostracized from the community or subject to judicial rulings on charges of terrorism, theft, or expelled from the security and military institutions, to become “democracy and human rights activists”.

From that bloody swamp, the current Government of Concord emerged, formed by the Presidential Council in implementation of the Skhirat agreement in December 2015. Its aim was the recycling of the political groups of Islam after their failure in the 2014 elections. They stood behind the terrorist system of the dawn of Libya. While successive presidential governments have not received the approval of the elected Parliament and were dropped on the capital under the umbrella of a confounded international resolution, although they are mired in corruption, support terrorism and aligned with militias, they are still the adopted government of the world!

The interim Libyan government descends from the body of the elected Parliament and was prevented from working in the capital of Tripoli under the rule of the Muslim Brotherhood. It is today the legitimate ally adopted by the General Command of the armed forces, and whenever the national army an area from militias, they hand it over to their authority.

Therefore, all regions of the eastern and southern part of the country, and most of the central and western areas, are today subject to the Government of Abdullah al-Thani, including areas 20 km or less away from Tripoli. Most of the land (except for border crossings with Tunisia), almost all airports (except Metiqa, Misrata, Zuwara, Sirte), the entire oil-crescent region and nearly 90 percent of the country’s energy sources are under the control of the interim government, but the country’s financial resources are managed by the bank, which remains subject to the Government of Accord.

The Presidential Council witnessed political collapses that led to the resignation of four of its members and shifted from a temporary authority to secure a political transition to a permanent authority, faking the deficit to justify continuity, while the consensus government emanating from it failed to achieve constitutional legitimacy or to serve the Libyan people and complete security arrangements recommended by the Skhirat Convention, by not liberating itself from the rule of militias, to provide services to the local population, to achieve national reconciliation or to reach a political solution, creating security conditions for the organization of elections.

The Government of Accord has turned into a regional government under the control of a few families that boast of Turkish roots, while the interim government has been able to rally the vast majority of Libyans with their Arab Bedouin roots, who today form the strike force of the Libyan army.

The government of Al-Wefaq (GoA) also chose to immerse itself in the Turkish-Qatari Muslim Brotherhood in support of terrorism and to fight with the militias of political Islam, while the interim government joined the axis of Arab moderation and anti-terrorism countries, and is today in a single trench with the national Army, which since the spring 2014, is leading the battle of dignity to liberate Libya from terrorist groups and outlaw militias.

In this reality, the world is experiencing the dilemma created when the presidential authority began to stigmatize the irresponsible practices of the Government of Accord, clarifying its position, which is closer to the president in isolation, while opening doors to communicate with the Constitutionally legitimate interim government pending the completion of the liberation of the capital and the formation of the Government of National Unity, which will oversee the transition towards the inclusive political solution for all Libyans.

Al Arab