By Libya Herald reporter.
Tripoli, 24 April 2016:
The Transport Ministry in Tripoli’s Dahra area was today handed over to the Presidency Council . . .[restrict](PC) led by prime minister-designate Faiez Serraj. If follows the delivery of a number of other ministries into the Presidency’s hands. Yesterday the planning ministry was handed over. The labour, religious endowments (awqaf), education, housing, utilities, youth and sports, and social affairs ministries have also been handed to the PC..
Today’s handover, to PC member Mohamed Ammari, comes despite the fact that the Serraj Government of National Accord (GNA) still has not been appointed by the House of Representatives.
In the shifting transfer of power in Tripoli, however, the foreign affairs and interior ministries, although not yet officially handed over, are also now controlled by the Presidency. The ministers appointed – respectively Mohamed Siala and Arif Khojja – are effectively running them.
In a further sign of the de facto transfer of power, security at the transportation ministry, like the others is now in the interior ministry’s hands.
According to the Tripoli office of the Libyan news agency LANA, which is has dropped its allegiance to the vanished Ghwell “government” and now firmly supports the PC, GNA ministers will be formally sworn in once all government ministries have been delivered into the GNA’s control.
Meanwhile, in a move that is likely to be the cause of future conflict, the State Council, likewise yet to be approved by the House of Representatives, has taken over the former General National Congress buildings, presenting itself as the country’s legislature. [/restrict]