Libyan Official Doubts Dbaiba’s Ability to Sanction Militias


Ahmed Al-Sharksi, a member of the Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) has expressed scepticism over the capability of Abdel-Hamid Dbaiba, the Prime Minister of the Government of National Unity (GNU), to impose sanctions on militias by halting financial support.

In a press statement, Al-Sharksi observed, “Dbaiba’s strategy of generously funding these armed militias has inadvertently bolstered their power considerably. Consequently, it seems implausible for him to now even contemplate cutting off their financial lifeline.”

MP, Ali Al-Tekbali, believes that Dbaiba, “is on the brink of paying a substantial price for the confrontations that erupted in the capital between the Special Deterrence Force (SDF) and the 444th Combat Brigade.

In a press statement, Al-Tekbali expressed that the “international community is convinced that Dbaiba’s policies contributed to the deterioration of the situation. His inability to halt the clashes and maintain security in the western region is a significant concern.”

The MP explained that Dbaiba was “unlikely to engage in a military battle, particularly against entities such as the SDF and the 444th Brigade, given that they are factions supportive of his government. Other influential militias that are allied with the government, such as the Stability Support Apparatus led by Abdel-Ghani Al-Kikli, have remained neutral.

Further, Al-Tekbali indicated that the United States “did not hesitate to coordinate with the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) in scripting the final chapter for Dbaiba’s government. The proposed plan is to establish a unified technocratic government to guide the country to elections.”

He speculated that the transition from the GNU “might not officially commence until the end of the current year. However, during this interval, Dbaiba might be unable to implement decisive measures, especially since the Parliament declared the end of his government’s tenure 17 months ago.”