Bashagha Follows Refurbishment of Parliament Headquarters

The Libyan Parliament-designated Prime Minister, Fathi Bashagha
The Libyan Parliament-designated Prime Minister, Fathi Bashagha

The Libyan Parliament-designated Prime Minister, Fathi Bashagha, and his deputy Ali Al-Qatrani followed up the maintenance of the Libyan Parliament headquarters in Tobruk.

The Libyan government said in a statement that, Bashagha was briefed on the development work of the headquarters. He also discussed with the executing company ways to complete the restoration on time, in accordance with the approved engineering specifications.

The Libyan Parliament was attacked by angry protesters, who set fire to it in June.

Parliament Speaker, Ageela Saleh accused supporters of the former regime of deliberately setting fire to the headquarters.

In press remarks to Al-Arabiya news, Saleh said “burning the Parliament headquarters is a premeditated act to overthrow the legislative authority.”

“The supporters of the former regime stormed the Parliament headquarters and we hold them responsible. We will deal with those who burned the Parliament headquarters in accordance with the law, and no one will be spared,” he added.

He claimed that the demonstrators marched to the Parliament headquarters “without specific demands.” However, protesters have called for holding elections as soon as possible, and also called for a solution to the power outages.

Saleh also blamed the outgoing Government of National Unity (GNU) led by Abdel-Hamida Dbaiba for failing to hold elections.

“I know the extent of the suffering of the Libyans. The Central Bank of Libya (CBL) did not liquidize funds to the newly approved government of Fathi Bashagha, and also the salaries were not paid,” he said.

“The Libyans suffer from poor services, including electricity, and they have the right to demonstrate,” he added.

The Speaker said that the dispute over the constitutional path with the High Council of State (HCS) is related to the candidacy of dual nationals and military personnel.

On Tuesday, Saleh called on the HCS to resume the constitutional dialogue in order to reach an agreement on the outstanding articles, and end the political deadlock in the country. The HCS has not yet commented on the Parliament’s request. It announced the suspension of all consultations with the Parliament until the law establishing the Constitutional Court in the city of Benghazi is revoked.