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Libya’s Parliament to Appoint New Prime Minister Amid Rising Tensions

On 8th February 2022, the Parliament of Libya decided to name the next Prime Minister by the end of this week especially as the tension in the country is continuously rising and so is the struggle to grab power.  On Monday during the parliamentary session Former Interior Minister Fathi Bashaga Minister-Counsellor Khalid al-Baibas in the eastern city of Tobruk presented their idea and submitted their bids to replace Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah. Given the situation, today voting will be conducted in the parliament to name an individual for the position of prime minister and later it will be consultation with the High Council of State which is an advisory body based in the capital of Tripoli. The researchers are worried about the voting as back in 2014 the same situation led to the growth of two parallel governments which ultimately led to the country into a military conflict. 

The UN deputy spokesperson Farhan Haq on Monday stated, “We do implore the Libyan parties to take a look back at what the last years have brought and see in that, that there’s no future to that approach.” 

Since 2011, Libya has been under a constitutional declaration and last year in February, Dbeibha was appointed as the Prime Minister as a process set up by the UN and other western countries political processes. His main objective of him was to bring the nation closer and lead it towards future elections. The presidential vote has faced many deep-rooted challenges, including deep mistrust between rival factions. Libya has been going through conflict since the NATO-backed uprising toppled then killed longtime dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. The country was for years split between rival administrations in the east and west which was supported by the militias and foreign governments.

The situation in the country has been becoming worse especially as the violence and instability have been increasing. In the parts of Western Libya, the armed groups have put in the objection on the change of the government as well as asked local and international support to put changes in the constitution to achieve national reconciliation and unify the military.