By Jamal Adel.
Beida, 15 April 2015:
The Zintan Municipal Council has said that it would refuse to recognise any national unity government formed “against the will” of the House of Representatives (HOR) and “imposed upon” the Libyan people.
Libyans have chosen their government and leaders in a fair and legal election last June, and the leaders of last summer’s “coup” should not be given any role in the new government, the council has said today.
The council went on to say that it was committed to the political dialogue sponsored by the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), but that it would not take part in any dialogue that includes “symbols of terror and crime”.
Anyone from Zintan participating in such talks is a free agent and not a representative of the municipality, the council stressed.
The Zintani Sawaq and Qaqaa Brigades, now officially aligned with the Libyan National Army (LNA), were pushed out of Tripoli International Airport in early August of last year by the Misratan Libya Dawn forces. Tis subsequently led to the flight of the newly-elected parliament to Tobruk and the establishment of Libya Dawn’s National Salvation antigovernment in Tripoli.