Libyan MP: Turkish Presence Biggest Obstacle to Elections


Libyan MP, Misbah Douma described the Turkish presence in Libya as an “obstacle to holding elections in the country.”

“The Turkish presence is illegal and the biggest threat to the country’s unity. The Turkish presence is an obstacle to holding elections in Libya,” he tweeted.

In early March, Douma claimed that the international community was “rejecting Libyan-led solutions, and intervening in the country since 2011.”

According to a press statement published by the Parliament, Douma said that the countries involved in the Libyan crisis are “working on their interests.”

He added that the international community deals with Libya as “a retaliatory investment project” to settle scores with the former Libyan regime.

Douma called on the UN Envoy to Libya, Abdoulaye Bathily to “clarify the mechanisms and criteria for selecting the members of the committee.”

Notably, MP Jaballah Al-Shaibani, expressed his fear that the foreign countries in Libya would drag the country into a proxy war.

Al-Shaibani added, “the control of the threads of the game, and the status quo continues. They support the warring parties with balanced weapons, so neither will be victorious over the other. We will go back to square one and remain in place, and we will lose the state of social harmony and relative stability after the ceasefire. This is called managing the crisis, and moving into a stagnant pond.”

Libya has been in chaos since a NATO-backed uprising toppled longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. The county has for years been split between rival administrations, each backed by rogue militias and foreign governments.

The current stalemate grew out of the failure to hold elections in December 2021, and the refusal of Prime Minister Abdel-Hamid Dbaiba, who is leading the transitional government, to step down. In response, the country’s eastern-based Parliament appointed a rival Prime Minister, Fathi Bashagha, who has for months sought to install his government in Tripoli.