By Libya Herald reporter.
Tripoli, 7 November 2016:
The graduation ceremony of some 260 police cadets at the Ministry of Interior offices in Tripoli today was attended by Presidency Council head Faiez Serraj.
Congratulating them and wishing them success in their careers,
he told them that one of the fundamentals in working in the police was respect for civilians and treating them well.
He added that his government of national accord had prepared a number of police training programmes, promising that they would be kept updated on the latest developments and ideas.
Seraj also said that he had instructed the security authorities to pursue and arrest Khalifa Ghwell and those others who broke into the headquarters of the State Council, and to ensure that the buildings were cleared and secured by interior ministry forces and the Presidency Council’s presidential guard.
(At the time of Khalifa Ghwell’s attempted coup last month when he took over the former General National Congress (GNC) complex at the Rixos hotel, which since the spring has been used by the State Council, there was some confusion about the presidential Guard.)
There are, in fact, two.
The first is that created by former president Nuri Abu Sahmain to protect the GNC buildings. It comprises mainly Misratans with some from Suq Al-Juma plus an Amazigh contingent. It was this body that effectively ejected the State Council from the Rixos complex after members’ wages had not been paid. It then invited Khalifa Ghwell and militant Tripoli militia leaders to take control.
The second was created this year to protect the Presidency Council.