By Moutaz Ali.
Tunis, 21 February 2016:
Presidency Council (PC) head Faeiz Serraj sacked his spokesman Ashraf Al-Tulty today.
The move followed a heated argument on French TV last night between Tulty and Libyan political analyst Abdulhakim Fanoush in which Tulty threatened to have Fanoush arrested by the French authorities.
Fanoush, who lives in France, had been arguing that the PC had no legitimacy, a statement that enraged the PC spokesman.
“To show you how legitimate are we, we will arrange with the French government to issue an arrest of warrant against you,” Tulty was heard to reply on France 24’s Arabic channel.
Following the altercation, the PC, embarrassed by Tulty’s remarks, acted swifty and sacked him.
So far, neither side has made any further statements.
In recent weeks, Tulty, hitherto regarded as the most effective spokesman that the PC has had, has been operating mainly out of Tunis because of threats against him.
Efforts are now underway to find a new spokesman.