By Libya Herald staff.
21 December 2014:
The two-day meeting of Libyan mayors in Sebha ended today with agreement to set up a . . .[restrict]Supreme Council for Municipalities. It would act as a coordinating body on the provision of services to local communities as well as lobbying organisation with central government.
Despite earlier claims that mayors from all over the country would attend the gathering, those who turned up in Sebha and who included not only mayors but councillors from several municipalities were supporters of Libya Dawn and the Hassi administration. There were no officials from towns supporting the House of Representatives or the Thinni government.
As it was, the meeting, with the slogan “National reconciliation is the way to save Libya”, was intended from the outset to have a national political focus as well. As a result, in addition to the creation of the council, those attending issued a thinly-veiled anti-Thinni government statement condemning the recent air strikes which they said had targeted civilians as well as vital national utilities. The statement also called for issue of the oil ports to be “resolved” and for the 17 February Revolution to be preserved.
The last phrase is standard Libya Dawn terminology. It accuses the HoR and the Thinni government of betraying the revolution [/restrict]