Libya’s interim prime minister announced a series of populist spending plans on Friday as he sought to strengthen his position against a push by the eastern-based parliament to replace him.
Egypt was quick to declare support Feb. 10 to former Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha to form a new government in Libya, hours after the Libyan parliament named him as the country’s new interim prime minister.
Some 54 members of Libya’s State Council yesterday rejected the eastern- based parliament in Tobruk’s decision to withdraw confidence from the government and described it as a violation of the Constitutional Declaration and the Political Agreement.
The Libyan Prime Minister, Abdul-Hamid Dbeibah, who was attending a seminar on electronic voting in Tripoli, proposed Tuesday launching a comprehensive electronic system for voting as a political consultation on the situation in Libya.
The Libyan Prime Minister-designate Fathi Bashagha met Monday with several leaders in Misurata city – his hometown – including House of Representatives’ member Sulaiman Al-Faqih, presidential candidate Mohammed Al-Muntasser, and the Head of Elders Council, Mohammed Al-Rajubi, in addition to military brigades’ leaders and other leading civilian figures.
Libya’s president of the High Council of State said in a statement early on Wednesday that the Libyan parliament’s assigning a prime minister before holding an official session of the High Council is an “improper measure and doesn’t help in building confidence between the two councils”.
The Prime Minister of the Government of National Unity, Abdul Hamid Dbeibah, said Monday in a meeting with his cabinet members he would announce his plan for the laws of elections and the time to hold them by the end of this week.
The Prime Minister designated by the House of Representatives (HoR), Fathi Bashagha, said he had kicked off consultations to form a new government, adding that all parties across Libya would be involved in his consultations.
The UN chief’s special adviser in Libya, Stephanie Williams, met the country’s two rival prime ministers Sunday, urging them to preserve the country’s fragile stability.
A convoy of fighters moved into Tripoli from the city of Misurata on Saturday to shore up the interim prime minister amid a push by the parliament to oust him in favour of its own candidate, reports Ean Libya.