By Libya Herald reporters.
Tripoli, 26 January 2017:
Former prime minister of the National Salvation Government, Khalifa Ghwell has accused Presidency Council deputy chairman Ahmed Maetig of treachery and selling out Libya to foreign powers.
Ghwell, whose NSG was created by the rump of the General National Congress after Libya Dawn seized Tripoli and forced the new House of Representatives to decamp to Tobruk, spoke out as Maetig was in London at an international Libyan investment forum.
“One member of the Presidency Council is mortgaging the national economy in order to remain in power,” he said.
The PC had opened up the country to foreign military and intelligence intervention by going to London. It was, Ghwell asserted, a repeat of history “When traitors sold Libya to the Italian invaders over 100 years ago.”
Ghwell insisted that any contracts resulting from the forum in London would be invalid and a waste of time.
He also attacked Central Bank of Libya governor Saddek Elkaber and “reminded” him that, sooner or later, he would have to “bear the legal responsibility” for funding PC trips abroad and engaging with companies Ghwell deemed to be dubious.
There are unconfirmed reports that Maetig was confronted last week outside his Hay Andalous home by Ghwell and a group of armed men, but no violence occurred.
Last April two guards died when Maetig’s home was attacked by militiamen thought to belong to Haytham Tajouri’s Tripoli Revolutionaries’ Brigade.
Two weeks ago militiamen loyal to Ghwell’s resurrected National Salvation Government which is based the Rixos complex, stormed a number of Tripoli ministries and claimed they were now in control.