The elders and dignitaries of Ash Shwayrif Municipality along with civil society institutions in the city expressed in a statement their rejection to the decision made by the east-based Interim government, headed by Abdullah Al-Thani, to form a new steering council instead of the existing elected municipal council.

The statement called on the parallel government to reverse its decision and not to further chaos by creating an illegal body in the municipality.

"The government has 72 hours to rescind the decree or bear the consequences of such decision," the statement warned.