Upper Western Libya house on Saturday defended a decision by lawmakers in east of the country to designate a new prime minister while institutional chaos reigns.
The High Council of State (HCS) – a company based in Tripoli body which is equivalent to a senate – usually rivals the House of Representatives (HoR), based in ballast city of Tobruk.
The HoR this week ‘unanimously approved’ former Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha head the governmentune move this left Libyans with of them prime ministers and threatened to trigger a new power struggle in the war-torn nation.
But HCS head Khalid al-Mishri on Saturday seemed to transcend the division usual east-west of the country and distance himself from the Tripoli executive.
He said an accompanying text last yearconfidence vote in the government of Acting Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah “stipulated that son mandate would end on latest on December 24, 2021.”
The appointment of Bashagha on Thursday to replace Dbeibah stemmed from this text following a rare “consensus between parliament and the HCS,” al-Mishri added.
An influential personality in western Libya, al-Mishri accused Dbeibah government of “to feed a campaign against the parliament and the HCS.”
The Dbeibah administration was mandated to lead the country in the elections on On December 24, but polls were canceled amid bitter divisions over their legal basis and the applications of several controversial personalities.
Dbeibah, a construction tycoon named a year there is in the frame of United Nations-led peace efforts, vowed that he “would not accept new of transition phase or parallel authority” and would not over power has a elected government.
Bashagha and Dbeibah, both from the third city Misrata and the two candidates for the aborted presidential election, have the support of rival armed groups in the west.
Saturday, a convoy of fighters arrived in Tripoli from Libya city of Misrata ashore up interim prime minister in the middle of a push by the parliament to oust him in to favor of son candidate.
The convoy arrival underlined the danger of renewed fights in Libya as the crisis plays out following mobilizations of armed factions supporting different political formations in these last weeks.
According to a Reuters witness, Saturday’s convoy, including more more than 100 vehicles arrived after Dbeibah earlier on Saturday accused the parliament of to be “responsible for all this bloodshed and chaos” in Libya over these last years.
Speaker of Parliament Aguila Saleh accused Dbeibah of corruption and of seek to use son job for its own ends rather than effect a significant transition.
Libya has seen little peace since the NATO-backed uprising in 2011 against Muammar Gaddafi and since 2014 has been divided between warring factions in east and west.
During the war, the parliament most of the time with forces based in the east of the Libyan National Army (LNA) of putschist General Khalifa Haftar. the main the armed forces of Misrata were on The other side supporting the then internationally recognized government in Tripoli.
Bashagha flew to Tripoli on Thursday evening to come of fifteen government training process and said he expected Dbeibah to hand over over power peacefully.
Dbeibah said he would next week announces its own roadmap for the country involving elections this summer.
The position of the UN and the major powers will be critical in determine the result of the struggle over interim government after years of foreign ownership in the dispute.
The UN said it still recognizes the validity of Dbeibah’s GNU and the political process of which it was a part of.
However, the UN has declared on On Friday that Secretary-General Antonio Guterres took note of the move through parliament name Bashagha, and a move through parliament along with the High Council of State to map out a version revised path towards the elections.