The General National Congress and its Salvation government led by Khalifa Al-Ghawiel took control of parliament meetings compound in Rixos on Friday.

Sources said the takeover was coordinated with the Presidential Guard who have closed the HQ and prevented the administrative staff and members of the High Council of State from entering over unpaid salaries since last Monday.

The GNC and SG declared a state of emergency in Tripoli in anticipation of any counter reactions and deployed several military vehicles around Rixos for protection.

Khalifa Al-Ghawiel called his eastern rival Abdullah Al-Thanni to form a joint unity government to end the political crisis

The High Council of State condemned the takeover of the compound, saying its an attempt to undermine the political agreement. It also confirmed it would encounter the takeover with all necessary measures and arrest all those behind it.