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Libyan Parliament: All Institutions Must Stop Dealing With Dbaiba’s Government

On Tuesday, the Speaker of the Libyan Parliament, Ageela Saleh called on the President of the Supreme Judicial Council, and the Attorney General to hold, “those who violate the Parliament’s decision to end all forms of dealing with the outgoing interim Government of National Unity (GNU), headed by Abdel-Hamid Dbaiba to account.”

This came in a letter addressed today to judiciary officials, the Governor of the Central Bank of Libya (CBL), and the Heads of the Audit Bureau, the Administrative Control Authority, and the legal representative of the Anti-Corruption Commission.

According to the letter, Saleh demanded accountability for violators of the Parliament’s decision to end all dealings with the GNU. The Parliament has recently sent a circular to all state institutions instructing them to disregard all decisions issued by the PM, and his government.

Notably, Libya is currently facing a political crisis after the Libyan Parliament swore in Fathi Bashagha to lead a new interim government in February. MP’s argued that the Dbaiba’s mandate expired when elections failed to take place.

Dbaiba has since refused to cede power, and warned that the appointment of a new interim government could lead to war and chaos in the country. He renewed his pledge to only hand power over to an elected government.

Libya was meant to hold elections last December, as part of an UN-guided peace process. Political factions wrangled over their legal basis and the eligibility of controversial candidates, resulting in the polls being indefinitely postponed.

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