Libyan PM confirms regular forces to take over public buildings


TRIPOLI, Oct. 7 (Xinhua) — Libya’s UN-backed prime minister, Fayez Serraj, on Saturday confirmed that the government’s regular forces will take over public buildings in Tripoli and other cities in Libya.

Serraj made his remarks during a meeting with members of the security arrangement committee in the capital city of Tripoli, according to a statement by the PM’s information office.

“The head of the committee, General Hammad Ahmed Abboud, presented a detailed explanation on the measures taken to secure Tripoli and establish public order, in accordance with the tasks set by the committee’s decision, including taking over of (public) headquarters and regular forces stationing in and around the capital,” the statement said.

“The Prime Minister discussed what was presented during the meeting, noting that what is being accomplished in Tripoli will extend to other Libyan cities,” the statement added.

The new security arrangements, which focus on forming joint police and army forces to secure Tripoli, were adopted by the government last month when violence broke out in the capital city between the government forces and several armed groups.

The UN Support Mission in Libya earlier on Saturday praised the new security arrangements in Tripoli.

The Ministry of Interior announced Thursday that an armed group called al-Nawasi handed over Tripoli seaport it was controlling, as part of the new security arrangements.


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