The head of the “stability” government appointed by the Libyan parliament, Fathi Bashagha, said that starting his government’s work is an “irreversible decision,” stressing that Libya “is not a spoil until it is controlled by a particular individual, a particular government, or a family that believes that it can buy the country.” In reference to the current Prime Minister Abdel Hamid Dabaiba.
This came during Bashagha’s supervision today, Thursday, of the first meeting of his government, since her appointment last month, which was held in the city of Sabha in the south of the country, and was devoted to discussing the government program for the next period and the draft budget.
More than a month has passed since the new government headed by Fathi Bashagha took the constitutional oath before Parliament, during which it took over the government headquarters in the east and south of the country, and its attempts to enter the capital, Tripoli, failed to carry out its duties from the central headquarters of the state and take control of matters.
In this context, government spokesman Othman Abdel Jalil explained in a press conference, after the meeting, that entering Tripoli “is not an urgent goal at the present time,” stressing that “the government is avoiding conflict, and is working on a safe and peaceful entry to the capital,” adding that it ” It will continue to perform its duties in all parts of the country, with the start of discussing the budget for the year 2022, and will not focus on its place of work, because the most important thing it seeks is the work and the meeting that can occur in any city.”
The Bashagha government accused the current Prime Minister, Abdul Hamid Dabaiba, of distributing oil money to armed militias and terrorists to stay in power, and considered that this is one of the reasons why some closed oil fields and ports.
She added that Dabaiba’s promotion of parliamentary elections is a “sale of illusions,” considering that the focus on meeting the wishes of the 2.8 million Libyans who want the elections “must be in accordance with the schedule and the national road map.”
Bashagha also said after the end of the government meeting: “Libya will not be safe if its south is not safe… We regret the closure of oil, but some resorted to that after using its resources to support the militias.” The Libyan Prime Minister regretted the oil closure, justifying some resorting to this after using his resources to support the militias.
her first meeting
On Thursday, the Libyan government appointed by Parliament headed by Bashagha held its first meeting, since it was granted confidence early last month, despite the continuation of the Prime Minister of the National Unity Government. Abdul Hamid Al-Dabaiba in the exercise of its functions.
The official spokesman for the Pashaga government, Othman Abdul Jalil, said in a statement on Wednesday evening, that the meeting will be held in the city of Sabha in the south of the country, and will be devoted to discussing the government program for the coming period and preparing the draft state budget.
However, he stressed that this meeting comes before the government begins its work, headed by him Bashagha From its headquarters in the capital, Tripoli, it reiterated the government’s commitment to adopting the peaceful option to assume its duties in accordance with the law.
Abdel Hamid al-Dabaiba (Reuters)
This comes more than a month after the new government headed by Fathi Bashagha took the constitutional oath before Parliament, during which it took over the government headquarters in the east and south of the country.
However, its attempts to enter the capital, Tripoli, to carry out its duties from the central headquarters of the state and take control of matters were unsuccessful.
At the end of last week, Bashagha tried to enter Tripoli from the land border crossings with Tunisia in a huge armed convoy, but militias loyal to Dabaiba prevented this convoy from passing through the city of Nalut.
Refuse to give up power
It is noteworthy that Dabaiba refuses to relinquish power to Bashagha, and says that he will continue in his position until elections are held in the country, considering that talking about handing over tasks to another government is “a futility, a waste of time and a sale of illusion,” as he described it.
This dispute led to the collapse of Libyan oil production, after tribal leaders in central and southern Libya closed major oil fields and ports, in protest against Dabaiba’s continuation in his position and his failure to hand over power to the Bashagha government.
While it is not possible to predict the outcome and end of this conflict, or the future of the political and security process in Libya, which remains open to more than one scenario, the worst is the country’s slide back into chaos and fighting.