Libyan Parliament Names New Prime Minister as Interim Prime Minister Refuses to Quit

The Libyan Parliament named former Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha to head a new national unity government as interim Prime Minister Abdulhamid Dbeibah refuses to be replaced.

The House of Representatives held a session in the eastern town of Tobruk on Feb. 10 and “unanimously approved” Bashagha as the new prime minister, Parliament Spokesperson Abdullah Bliheg announced on Twitter.

The Parliament gave Bashagha 15 days to form his government.

The appointment came just hours after gunmen reportedly shot at Dbeibah’s armored car in an assassination attempt.

Libya’s chief prosecutor has opened an investigation into the alleged attack, according to sources.

The appointment further fuels political turmoil in the war-torn country.

Dbeibah vowed to stay in office until elections, which was set to take place last Dec. 24 but was cancelled on the grounds of legal basis and the candidacies of controversial figures.

Dbeibah told Libyan media days ago that a transfer of power to a new prime minister would be “fraudulent.”

The United Nations (UN) oversaw the process of electing Dbeibah as interim prime minister ahead of the now-delayed elections.

In a press briefing, UN Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said that the organization would continue to support and recognize Dbeibah as head of Libya’s unity government.

“We’ve seen the reports of the appointment of another Prime Minister. Our position… remains unchanged,” Dujarric said.


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