The government designated by the House of Representatives (HoR) in eastern Libya announced the cancellation of the official celebrations commemorating the February 17 Revolution for this year in solidarity with the victims of Storm Daniel and ensuing floods that struck the eastern region in September 2023.

The government said in a statement on its Facebook page that it had decided to cancel official celebrations in order to employ all human and material capabilities in the field of rebuilding the affected cities through the Derna Reconstruction Fund, and to preserve public funds.

The government also attributed the reason for the cancellation to solidarity with the people of the city of Zliten, which is currently witnessing a rise in groundwater levels. It also said that people would be allowed to celebrate the February 17 revolution as an expression of their constitutional right at home or even on streets. 

The government's Prime Minister Osama Hammad issued a decision declaring Saturday and Sunday, February 17 and 18, an official holiday on the occasion of the anniversary of the February 17 revolution.