By Sami Zaptia.
London, 19 January 2021:
The internationally recognized Libyan prime minister, Faiez Serraj, has created a new Tripoli-based security force called the Stability Support Apparatus.
It is understood it is to be under his direct control rather than the Interior Ministry or the Defence Ministry. It is to be a completely separate entity from existing security entities in the Interior Ministry with an independent budget.
Moreover, the entity is to be headed by militiaman Abdelghani Al-Kikli aka ‘‘Ghenewa’’, head of Libyan government recognized Busleem Ghenewa brigade with one of his deputies the new head of the Tripoli Revolutionaries Brigade (TRB – formerly headed by Haitham Tajuri), Ayoub Aburas.
The decree (38/2021) signed by Serraj only, was dated 17 January and circulated (leaked) widely on social media yesterday. It has not been published by the stat’s official platforms.
The move has been criticised on Libyan social media.