The Speaker of the House of Representatives (HoR) Aqila Saleh has removed the post of the military governor of eastern Libyan cities which is occupied by Abdelrazik Al-Nathori, who is also the chief of staff of the self-styled army led by Khalifa Haftar.

The media advisor of the HoR Speaker, Fathi Al-Miryami, told reporters that the decision came after “liberating” the entire eastern region and the end of military conflicts.

Al-Nathori was appointed by Saleh in the area from eastern city Derna to Bin Jawad in the west on June 19, 2016.

Al-Nathori made a number of controversial decisions within his “military governance” such as banning women to travel without a male companion or having a security clearance for men of certain ages, as well as sacking a number of elected mayors and replacing them with military officers.

It is worth mentioning that Al-Nathori survived an assassination attempt while Haftar was being treated in France, as some saw him being prepared for substituting Haftar whose fate was vague at the time.

Observers say this decision at this time marks an end of good relations between Haftar and Al-Nathori amid complaints by Haftar’s sons of his decisions.