Libya: Dbaiba May Drag Country into “Civil War”

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Libya’s Member of Parliament, Jaballah Al-Shaibani said that the government’s “main task is to create an appropriate atmosphere for elections, and perhaps resolve the issue of the constitution.”

Al-Shaibani stated that the elections “need a constitutional basis, which is not easy to agree upon.” He pointed out that “there is a difference of opinion, and no concessions because there is a party that strongly and intolerantly opposes the candidacy of military personnel, dual nationals, and wanted persons.”

The MP added that the “other party insists on not excluding any Libyan citizen from the right to run for the presidency of the country, except for those against whom final rulings have been issued. This is not available in those who want to exclude them.”

He noted that the government operating in Tripoli “requires elections to be held before handing over, and is supported by a number of active countries. This may lead to an armed clash that is unwanted by the people.”

Al-Shaibani indicated that the proposed draft sovereign positions and third government, “unless adopted by the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) and the active countries in the Libyan scene and imposed on the opponents, in light of the balance of power will meet the same fate as the second government.”

He added that such a draft is “another leap in the dark, and the vicious circle will continue.”

Days ago, another MP called for a popular revolution to overthrow Libya’s “fragile bodies.” He affirmed the need to “change the bitter reality experienced by the Libyan people.”

Notably, Commander-in-Chief of the Libyan National Army (LNA), Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar stated that Libya’s warring parties have failed to achieve reconciliation in the country.

In his speech at a military parade in Sebha, southern Libya, Haftar pledged that the LNA “will continue its struggle in confronting any aggression that affects the country, and will defend its people.”

“Sebha is the first line of defence for national identity and national security, and the pivot that preserves Libya’s security and stability,” he said. As well as stressing that “there is no path that leads to success, except the path chosen by the people.”