By Libya Herald reporters.
Tripoli, 21 January 2016:
Prime minister Abdullah Thinni is on what appears to be a low-key visit to Cairo . . .[restrict]where he is due to be discussing terrorism. However there was no high profile welcome at the airport when he arrived from Tobruk. He was reportedly greeted by Libyan embassy officials.
Aides also say that he is due to be meeting “officials” but no Egyptian ministers appear to have been scheduled.
When Thinni returns to Libya he will at least not have the problem of where to relocate his government. Beida municipality today rescinded its order that it quit the town, over anger at extensive power cuts, lousy communications and considerable overcrowding.
On Monday, Thinni and his ministers and officials were given 24 hours to pack up and leave.
Armed men later entered the old parliament building in the town and ordered the Constitutional Drafting Assembly out as well. This demand was later apparently modified to having the CDA complete its work by March or quitting the town.
Though there are reports that after the ultimatum, some ministers left or stayed away from Beida, including second deputy prime minister Abdulsalam Al-Badri, who is responsible for electricity, one government official told the Libya Herald that no instructions had been given to prepare to leave. “Life has just carried on as normal here. There seems to be no great tension”.
Armed forces commander-in-chief Khalifa Hafter had offered Thinni and his administration accommodation in his Marj power centre. Given that Thinni has twice been stopped by Hafter’s troops from flying out of Labraq airport, this may not have been an invitation that the prime minister was keen to accept. [/restrict]