Libyan MP Calls for Recognition of New Government


Libyan Member of Parliament, Suleiman Al-Faqih called for countries to “reject the Prime Minister of the Government of National Unity (GNU), Abdel-Hamid Dbaiba, as a representative of the Libyan people and a legitimate Prime Minister.”

In statements to the Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper, Al-Faqih defended Prime Minister-designate, Fathi Bashagha. He stressed that Bashagha’s government is necessary, “to explain the reality of the situation on the ground, and to present its vision regarding highly complex issues such as illegal immigration. As well as to clarify the reasons for closing oil fields, and wasting their revenues in favour of a narrow group.”

He pointed out that this clarification may push some countries to recognise the new government.

Al-Faqih held, “the major countries interfering in Libya responsible for the continuous confusion in the political arena. This is in pursuit of their interests, without any regard for Libyan interests.”

He questioned: “Is the international recognition of the government dependent on its ability to provide services to citizens, improve their conditions, preserve the country’s wealth and prepare for elections? Or is it dependent on the size of the services it can provide to these countries?”

Recently, Member of Libya’s High Council of State (HCS), Abdel-Salam Al-Safrani stated that the initiative of the UN Envoy to Libya, Stephanie Williams, “has reached a dead end.”

Al-Safrani added that the only way out of the political impasse, is “through the 12th constitutional amendment, or approving the Libyan Parliaments initiative to form a new government and draft a constitution. This will then be to put it to a referendum, at a later date.”