Libya: Al-Serraj’s speech does not convince the demonstrators
The televised speech last night by the Libyan President of the Council of the Government of National Accord (GNA), Fayez Al-Sarraj, failed to calm the spirits of the protesters in Tripoli, on the contrary, it increased the anger, as demonstrated by the demonstrations immediately after the end of his useless appearance.
The demonstrators in Martyrs Square, in the heart of the capital, renewed their requests for the President’s departure, shouting “leave, leave” after Serraj reiterated the presence of infiltrators in their ranks. Serraj and Pashagha crushed by the popular uprising hide behind the danger of infiltration to justify dangerous security incidents after some armed groups opened fire on protesters on Sunday.
The voices of the Libyans agree that Al-Sarraj’s speech was not at the required level. Both in terms of corruption allegations, and in terms of security and mercenaries. Also, because the Prime Minister did not even mention the possibility, as protesters are asking for days.
Fayez Al-Sarraj, announced his intention to conduct an urgent government reshuffle, not excluding recourse to the emergency law that authorizes him to form a “crisis government.” That means Serraj could soon choose new ministers to support him, especially to change ministries providing services to the Libyan people.
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Regarding the electricity crisis, Al-Sarraj said it is complicated and accumulated from decades, and collaboration is needed to resolve it. “If some areas do not undertake to launch the loads, this confuses the network and introduces it into complete darkness,” said Serraj. He also emphasized the fact that there would be saboteurs who intimidate the employees of the electricity company and force them not to operate the power stations.
The premier said he is working on new projects to alleviate the deficit in electricity generation. He said the country is “in peak summertime and there is no magic bullet to solve the electricity crisis.”To the protesters, the premier said that “we will not allow to abandon our legitimacy on the street and the country to enter a political vacuum.” In a sci-fi speech, Al-Sarraj also indicated that he wishes to hold elections next March, on a clear constitutional basis, but other parties would not want to go to the vote.
He also called on supervisors to identify areas of corruption and to prosecute any officers suspected, underlining his commitment to pursue economic reforms and protect the Libyan currency from speculation.Al-Sarraj stressed that oil closures in recent years have cost Libya $ 250 billion in losses and that the government may no longer be able to pay employees’ salaries due to the blockade. In short, for Fayez al-Serraj, the unbearable situation is always someone else’s fault.