Libya’s Unity Government says it will remain in power

The Libyan Government of National Unity said it would remain in power, and criticized what it described as the “mess and fabrication” made by the House of Representatives (HoR) that led to voting confidence in a new government led by Fathi Bashagha.

The Libyan Government of National Unity, which has until June in its period of power as per the agreement of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum and a UN Security Council resolution in that regard, vowed to lead the country to elections in June 2022.

A statement by the government said what happened at the HoR in Tobruk on Tuesday was a fabrication that led to approving a new government, indicating that all Libyans saw the evidence of that fabrication on TV as the session lacked quorum.

The government said the lack of quorum was confirmed by a number of HoR members who said they weren’t present in Tobruk but were counted as voters anyway. It indicated that even with those uncounted votes, the quorum didn’t make the needed number.

The statement reiterated that the fabrication by the HoR presidency started when it withdrew confidence from the unity government using the same method and then appointed a PM (Bashagha) without a quorum.

It added that all those measures were made in violation of the Libyan political agreement that specified the procedures of constitutional amendment and forming executive authority, saying this new step would take Libya back to division.

On Tuesday, the HoR has given confidence to the government formation of Fathi Bashagha to replace the Government of National Unity of Abdul Hamid Dbeibah by a majority vote of 92 members out of 101 attending ones, according to an announcement by the Speaker of the HoR, Aqila Saleh.


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