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Bashagha: Holding Elections in Libya Impossible with Two Govts

Bashagha: Holding Elections in Libya Impossible with Two Govts

Friday, 3 February, 2023 - 06:00
Head of Libya’s government of stability Fathi Bashagha. (Government of stability)

Head of Libya’s government of stability Fathi Bashagha stressed on Wednesday that holding presidential and parliamentary elections in the country will be impossible amid the presence of two rival governments.

He declared that Abdulhamid al-Dbeibah's Government of National Unity (GNU) had lost its legitimacy in wake of the 2020 Geneva agreement.

He remarked, however, that the United Nations still recognizes it. A new round of dialogue will ensure the GNU’s removal from power.

The dialogue, revealed Bashagha, will be held before the end of the month.

He did not provide further details about the alleged talks.

Moreover, he stressed that the GNU “failed miserably” in fulfilling its task of holding elections and carrying out reforms.

Libya must have only one government that can ensure that elections are held, stated Bashagha.

He also underlined the need to unify all state institutions, including the military.

He made his remarks hours after the UN mission in Libya denied claims about the formation of a new “legislative” body, which is affiliated with it, that would seek to come up with solutions to Libya’s crises.

“The United Nations Support Mission in Libya has received some enquiries regarding the alleged formation of a new legislative body aimed at establishing a way forward by an unknown organization claiming to be affiliated with the United Nations,” tweeted the mission.

“UNSMIL confirms that this body is not related to the UN or the Mission in Libya. All news and announcements about UNSMIL’s work are published on the official social media channels and website,” it added.

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