By Libya Herald reporters.
Tripoli and Tunis, 8 January 2017:
Speculation abounds over a reported punch-up at Bu Sitta naval base when Presidency Council chairman Faiez Serraj was hosting UNSMIL chief Martin Kobler.
It is being alleged that Deputy Presidency Council (PC) leader Fathi Majbri arrived outside the room and demanded to be admitted. There is supposed to have been an altercation involving the bodyguards of both men.
However one account has Serraj and Majbri themselves coming to blows. Jamal Zubia the foreign media head of the Khalifa Ghwell’s Government of National Accord rival, the National Salvation Government, said that both politicians had been taken to Accident and Emergency and that Serraj was in a coma.
Martin Kobler was in a position to know what happened. An UNSMIL statement this evening said that his meeting with Serraj was “briefly interrupted” but continued afterwards.
Majbri has been vexed to see decisions he made while in in charge of the PC for a few days, immediately reversed when Serraj returned from a private visit to London.
There is number of pictures of a relaxed looking Serraj in a brown suede jacket greeting Kobler.
The UNSMIL chief has also had meetings today with Central Bank governor, Saddek Elkaber, PC deputy Ahmed Maetig, GNA foreign minister-designate Mohamed Siala as well as State Council head Abdulrahman Sewehli, newly returned from his talks in Algiers.