By Libya Herald reporters.
Benghazi, 18 April 2017:
The senior executive of Shahat council has resigned saying that councillors are stopping him and his colleagues from doing their jobs.
Salem Duwailli said that councillors in the eastern municipality were not coordinating with each other but were pursuing their own agendas without reference to officials. He wrote in his resignation letter that he was shocked at the state of affairs and could not continue in his role.
He protested: “I wished and wanted to provide services within this city.” Shahat is actually made up of five different authorities and Duwailli was the executive running just one of them.
It is unclear if his departure is connected with the change of leadership in the municipality. Last September, in the latest of series of replacements of civilian mayors by members of the armed forces, military governor Major-General Abdul Razzaq Al-Nazhuri fired the elected mayor Idris Majed and installed in his place Saleh Bouabedallah, who is not a military officer.
Meanwhile it has emerged that armed forces commander-in-chief Khalifa Hafter reversed Nazhuri’s appointment of a military officer as mayor of Marj, Hafter’s main operational base and the HQ of the Libyan National Army (LNA). Nine days ago, Nazhuri appointed Lieutenant-Colonel Wahbi Anwar Al-Raikh to run the town, ousting the elected mayor. However Hafter has since blocked the change and the Libya Herald has been told that the former mayor is now back in charge.