Libya: Parliament-Appointed PM Hints at Handing Authority to New Premier

Libyan parliament-appointed Prime Minister Fathi Bashagha at the meeting in Misrata (Libyan Government)
Libyan parliament-appointed Prime Minister Fathi Bashagha at the meeting in Misrata (Libyan Government)
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Libya: Parliament-Appointed PM Hints at Handing Authority to New Premier

Libyan parliament-appointed Prime Minister Fathi Bashagha at the meeting in Misrata (Libyan Government)
Libyan parliament-appointed Prime Minister Fathi Bashagha at the meeting in Misrata (Libyan Government)

Libyan parliament-appointed Prime Minister Fathi Bashagha hinted at the possibility of resigning if the House of Representatives and State Council agreed to choose a third prime minister to solve the power struggle with the head of the interim government of national unity (GNU), Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh.

Bashagha received at the government headquarters Sirte military and civilian figures from Misrata.

He affirmed his government's commitment to holding parliamentary and presidential elections in cooperation with the United Nations, warning that Dbeibeh's plan to hold parliamentary polls only "would be disastrous."

Bashagha said the cabinet would resume its duties when conditions were favorable. He asserted that he would not resort to fighting, adding that peace and reconciliation are the only available options.

"We will not accept fighting in Libya again. We are committed to the peaceful transfer of power," said the PM, adding that international parties, whom he did not specify, rejected his government because Libyan parties named it without any foreign interference.

It is the first time that Bashagha has discussed the possibility of a third government in the country.

Bashagha stated that he had held positive talks with senior officials in Washington without mentioning their names.

"Held another round of positive talks with senior US officials in Washington today. Our focus remains on peaceful solutions, renouncing violence, and building a trusted path forward for free and transparent presidential and parliamentary elections in Libya," he tweeted.

He asserted that he remains committed to serving the Libyan people and ensuring Libya's unity and security.

Earlier, the head of Libya's High Council of State, Khalid al-Mishri, announced a personal initiative to end the stalemate by forming a small cabinet to hold the elections.

Mishri rejects the Bashagha government, warning that this situation doesn't benefit Libyans.

He indicated that the situation could worsen as the elections near, noting that the Bashagha cabinet will not remain in Sirte for long.

Meanwhile, the Foreign Ministry of the Bashagha government renewed its request to Libyan embassies, missions, and consulates not to deal with the GNU.

The Ministry urged the diplomatic missions to ignore any decisions or instructions issued by the government.

The Government of National Unity and Dbeibeh did not comment on the recent developments.



Israel Strikes Gaza, Yemen, Lebanon Foes after Attacks

Smoke rises from a building hit by an Israeli strike in Nuseirat in the central Gaza Strip on July 20, 2024, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas. (Photo by Eyad BABA / AFP)
Smoke rises from a building hit by an Israeli strike in Nuseirat in the central Gaza Strip on July 20, 2024, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas. (Photo by Eyad BABA / AFP)
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Israel Strikes Gaza, Yemen, Lebanon Foes after Attacks

Smoke rises from a building hit by an Israeli strike in Nuseirat in the central Gaza Strip on July 20, 2024, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas. (Photo by Eyad BABA / AFP)
Smoke rises from a building hit by an Israeli strike in Nuseirat in the central Gaza Strip on July 20, 2024, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas. (Photo by Eyad BABA / AFP)

The Middle East was reeling Sunday from deadly violence with Israel bombing Gaza, Lebanon and Yemen in quick succession in response to attacks from Iran-backed militant groups.
Despite Washington's top diplomat asserting a deal is near the "goal line" to end more than nine months of devastating war between Israel and Gaza rulers Hamas, the Israeli military said it intercepted a missile fired from Yemen, as it pressed on with its offensive in the besieged Palestinian territory, Agence France Presse reported.
Dozens have been killed since Saturday across the Gaza Strip, the civil defense agency said, including in strikes on homes in the central Nuseirat and Bureij areas and displaced people near southern Khan Yunis.
Residents said a major operation was underway in the district of Rafah in the south, reporting heavy artillery and clashes.
The deadly strikes in Gaza came hours after Hezbollah and its ally Hamas said they fired at Israeli positions from south Lebanon, while Yemen's Houthi group vowed to respond to Israeli warplanes hitting a key port.
The fire left raging by the strikes on Hodeida port "is seen across the Middle East and the significance is clear," Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant said.
Detailing the first strikes claimed by Israel in Yemen, Gallant warned of further operations if the Houthis "dare to attack us" after a Houthi drone strike killed one in Tel Aviv on Friday.
In Hodeida three people were killed and 87 wounded, health officials said in a statement carried by Houthi media.
Netanyahu travels to Washington
The trio of militant groups has vowed to keep up attacks on Israel until a truce ends the violence in Gaza, which lies in ruins, with most residents forced to flee their homes.
The Gaza war was triggered by Hamas's October 7 attack on southern Israel, which resulted in the deaths of 1,195 people, mostly civilians, according to an AFP tally based on Israeli figures.
The militants also seized 251 hostages, 116 of whom are still in Gaza, including 42 the Israeli military says are dead.
Israel's military retaliation to wipe out Hamas has killed at least 38,919 people, also mostly civilians, according to data from the health ministry in Hamas-ruled Gaza.
The war has also unleashed hunger and health crises in Gaza, with Israel and the United Nations trading blame for vital aid supplies failing to reach those in need.
After the detection of poliovirus in Gaza sewage, though no individual cases, the World Health Organization said there were "monumental" constraints to mounting a timely response.
WHO spokesman Christian Lindmeier said Friday the agency believes many more diseases are "spreading out of control" inside Gaza.
The premier is due to address US lawmakers Wednesday in Washington, where he will be under pressure to reach a ceasefire with Hamas.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Friday a truce was within reach.
"I believe we're... driving toward the goal line in getting an agreement that would produce a ceasefire, get the hostages home, and put us on a better track to trying to build lasting peace and stability," he said.