By Ajnadin Mustafa.
Tripoli, 13 January 2016:
Misrata politician Abdurrahman Sewehli, who is a member both of the General National Congress (GNC) and . . .[restrict]the House of Representatives (HoR) has denounced GNC president Nuri Abu Sahmain as a dictator and acting like a Qaddafi regime official.
In a statement on his Facebook page, in which he insisted that he did not want any position in the national unity government led by prime minister-designate Faiez Serraj and predicted that it would fail unless it excluded Khalifa Hafter and his associates, he denounced a recent ruling by Abu Sahmain forbidding GNC members from travelling abroad without his permission.
This was a violation of Libyan law an infringement of basic human rights, Sewehli said.
Abu Sahmain’s directive is seen as directed at those GNC members who have been having talks outside the country either with UN special envoy Martin Kobler or with Serraj and the Presidency Council. Last week, Sewehli and a group of GNC members held talks in Tunis with Kobler on changes they wanted in the Libyan Political Agreement. It is also reported that they wanted changes in the composition of the Presidency Council.
Insisting that his only goal was to “bring security and peace and end the divisions” Sewehli accused the GNC president of abusing his powers and trying to hold on to them for as long as possible. He also accused him of using state funds “for the purpose of buying loyalties and using them to pass narrow political agendas that are aim at increasing discord among Libyans”.
He called on GNC members to “to assume their responsibilities and put an end to these absurd practices … and to overrule the statements and resolutions issued by Mr Abu Sahmain”. These did not represent the free will of the GNC, he insisted.
Just over three weeks ago, Sewehli accused Abu Sahmain of having damaged the UN-led Libya Dialogue process, and thus ensuring it did not come up with the right results, because of his “narrow personal interests”. He accused him, too, of hypocrisy and of “blindly and madly” believing he was the guardian of the revolution. [/restrict]