Libya armed groups raid hotel where presidency met, its spokeswoman says
Armed groups in Tripoli on Friday stormed a hotel where Libya’s new Presidency Council meets, the council’s spokeswoman said in a social media post, underscoring the continued risks to the unity government, Trend reports citing Reuters.
Unverified images on social media showed armed, uniformed men standing at the entrance to the Corinthia Hotel, but Presidency Council spokeswoman Najwa Wahiba said nobody from the council was in the building.
The groups have voiced anger at the Government of National Unity's Foreign Minister, Najla el-Mangoush.
The Presidency Council, which functions as head of state, was chosen through a United Nations-facilitated process that selected a new Government of National Unity that took office in March, replacing rival administrations in east and west.
Unity Prime Minister Abdelhamid Dbeibeh has worked to win support from Libya's many rival factions, forming a large cabinet that included an array of ideological and regional figures.
However, both the Presidency Council and Government of National Unity have faced both internal criticisms and challenges to their authority.