Libya’s Dbeibah Says Will Only Leave Post Through Elections

Head of Libya’s Government of National Unity (GNU) Abdulhamid al-Dbeibah meets with an Italian delegation. (GNU)
Head of Libya’s Government of National Unity (GNU) Abdulhamid al-Dbeibah meets with an Italian delegation. (GNU)
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Libya’s Dbeibah Says Will Only Leave Post Through Elections

Head of Libya’s Government of National Unity (GNU) Abdulhamid al-Dbeibah meets with an Italian delegation. (GNU)
Head of Libya’s Government of National Unity (GNU) Abdulhamid al-Dbeibah meets with an Italian delegation. (GNU)

Head of Libya’s Government of National Unity (GNU) Abdulhamid al-Dbeibah declared that he will only hand over power to a successor when elections are successfully held.

Speaking at a forum in the capital Tripoli on Saturday, he added that Libya “will not be divided” and there “can only be one state.”

“God brought me to head the government,” he went on say.

He continued: “I love this country and I am working for it and its people. My motto is ‘no to wars and conflicts’.”

Moreover, he alleged that the parliament had “lost its legitimacy years ago.”

“We don’t want another period of transition,” Dbeibah urged.

He suggested that a referendum be held over the constitution “since it is the guide of the people.”

He declared that he will “only leave his seat in power to whoever wants to serve the people.”

“The people must decide who they want to lead them. We will accept any laws as long as they are fair,” he went on to say.

On whether he will run in the elections, he revealed he will have to consult his family and wife first. He also noted that the “rules of the political real have not really been approved for him to declare whether he will run or not.”

On the possibility that Seif al-Islam al-Gaddafi, the son of slain leader Moammar, will run, Dbeibah said he has “no problem” with his candidacy “if the Libyan people agree to it and if there are no legal impediments.”



Sudan, Iran Exchange Ambassadors after 8-Year Rupture

Al-Burhan received the credentials of the Iranian ambassador (Sovereignty Council website)
Al-Burhan received the credentials of the Iranian ambassador (Sovereignty Council website)
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Sudan, Iran Exchange Ambassadors after 8-Year Rupture

Al-Burhan received the credentials of the Iranian ambassador (Sovereignty Council website)
Al-Burhan received the credentials of the Iranian ambassador (Sovereignty Council website)

The head of the Sovereignty Council, Commander of the Sudanese Army, Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, received, on Sunday, the credentials of Hassan Shah, the new Iranian Ambassador in Sudan, after more than 8 years of complete estrangement between the two countries.
In press statements, the Undersecretary of the Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Hussein Al-Amin, pointed to the “beginning of a new phase of bilateral relations,” and stressed strong ties between Sudan and Iran.
He added: “The President of the Sovereignty Council welcomed the new ambassador of Iran.”
In turn, the Iranian ambassador said that submitting his credentials “comes within the framework of the common consensus between the two countries regarding the exchange of ambassadors and the promotion of bilateral relations.” He added that he would do his “utmost to strengthen cooperation relations between the Islamic Republic of Iran and Sudan.”
He also noted that his country “supports national sovereignty and the territorial integrity of Sudan.”
In October, Sudan announced the resumption of diplomatic relations with Iran following meetings between officials in the two countries, which lasted for months.
The new rapprochement began during talks between their foreign ministers in Azerbaijan, in July 2023, on the sidelines of the meeting of the Ministerial Committee of the Non-Aligned Movement.
In June 2016, the government of deposed Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir announced that it was severing its relations with Iran and expelling its ambassador from Khartoum.